Chapter 7 – Packaging and labelling
7.18 Transfer of labels, bearing the Meat Inspection Legend, from one registered establishment to another

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Operators of establishments wishing to transfer such labels shall make an application in writing to the Inspector in Charge, stating the quantities of labels involved and the reasons necessitating such transfer. The shipment of labels shall be addressed in care of the Inspector in Charge of the receiving establishment.

The Inspector in Charge of the sending establishment shall advise the Inspector in Charge of the receiving establishment of the number and kind of labels forwarded, the method of transportation and the approximate time of arrival.

The Inspector in Charge of the receiving establishment shall check the labels on arrival and supervise the required amendment. Such transfers shall only be authorized in emergency situations. In the case of breast tags, it is impractical to amend the legend. Preferably, graded poultry carcasses bearing breast tags with an alternate establishment number, should be bagged and closed with a clip engraved with the correct number as per section 7.6.4. Otherwise, the company shall send a written proposal to the Regional Program Manager, Meat Programs, indicating how the graded and tagged carcasses will be labelled and handled such that they can be traced back to the plant of origin. The request must explain how affected product may be identified in the event of a recall. The Inspector in Charge of the establishment receiving the transferred breast tags must verify that conditions described in the proposal and the letter of approval are in fact implemented. Breast tags may only be transferred between establishments owned by the same company (same name and address). Graded poultry carcasses must bear a breast tag and may only be applied to carcasses meeting the standards for the indicated grade. The grade on the breast tag may not be amended. Ungraded poultry carcasses may be shipped without breast tags as Unmarked or Unstamped meat products.

Inspectors in Charge of registered establishments receiving unusual and unwarranted supplies of such labels or not receiving expected shipments or amounts shall advise their Regional Director.

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