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Use of Turkey Shackle in Bar-Type Cut Operations; Correcting Amendment

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Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.


Correcting amendment.


The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending the Federal poultry products inspection regulations to correct an inadvertent error in the required shackle width for Bar-type cut turkey operations that use J-type cut maximum line speeds.


This amendment is effective May 19, 2010.

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Patrick Burke, Risk and Innovations Management Division, Office of Policy and Program Development, FSIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 2-2118 George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705, (301) 504-0843.

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On September 8, 2008, FSIS published a final rule that provides that turkey slaughter establishments that open turkey carcasses with Bar-type cuts may operate at the maximum line speeds established for J-type cuts if they use a shackle with a 4-inch by 4-inch selector (or kickout), a 45 degree bend of the lower 2 inches, an extended central loop portion of the shackle that lowers the abdominal cavity opening of the carcasses to an angle of 30 degrees from the vertical in direct alignment with the inspector's view, and a width of 10.5 inches (73 FR 51899). The specified shackle width of 10.5 inches is a typographical error, and the correct width is 10 inches. This notice corrects the error and amends § 381.68 to specify the correct 10-inch shackle width for Bar-type cut turkey operations that use J-type cut maximum line speeds.

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List of Subjects in 9 CFR Part 381

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble,

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1. The authority citation for part 381 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.

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2. In § 381.68, the second sentence of paragraph (a) is amended by removing “10.5” and adding in its place “10”.

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Done at Washington, DC, on May 13, 2010.

Alfred V. Almanza,


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[FR Doc. 2010-11996 Filed 5-18-10; 8:45 am]