WASHINGTON – A final rule that permits plants to inflate livestock carcasses and parts with air to facilitate fabrication if the plant develops a written procedure to ensure that the use of air does not cause insanitary conditions was published Nov. 15 by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Meat plants using air inflation must incorporate air inflation into their HACCP plans or sanitation standard operating procedures, according to the American Meat Institute .

Published in the Nov. 15 Federal Register, the rule can be read at http://bit.ly/bFNULw.