USDA Plans to Begin Catfish Inspections in March 2016

November 26, 2015

Long-awaited U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspections, mandated by Farm Bills since 2008, will begin next March, according to a final rule establishing an inspection program for fish in the order Siluriformes, including catfish.

The final rule, which applies to both domestically raised and imported Siluriformes fish, was developed by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and announced Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. It will become effective in March 2016, or 90 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

“FSIS is committed to a smooth and gradual introduction to the new inspection program, which was mandated by the…