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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) set calendar year 2007 dollar limitations for retail stores that sell meat and poultry products and qualify for an exemption from federal inspection. The adjustments are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.
The dollar limitations for meat and meat food products will remain $55,100 in 2007, the same amount as in 2006. For poultry products, the dollar limitation will be reduced to $44,400 from $45,200.
Retail operations are not subject to inspection unless sales to hotels, restaurants and similar institutions exceed 25 percent of total sales or exceed the calendar year dollar limitation.
More details pertaining to the changes in dollar limitations are available at www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2007_Notices_Index.