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As of December 2004, over 325 official establishments were under contract inspection. Over 175 of those contract establishments participate in the voluntary NMFS HACCP quality management program.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The voluntary inspection, grading and certification of seafood is made at the processing plant, or at other locations depending upon the inspection services desired.
Funds are derived from fees charged for the services provided.
Any individual, Federal, State, county, or municipal agencies, or carrier having a financial interest in the commodity.
Applicants must stipulate that they have a financial interest in the product. Applicants for in-plant inspection service must furnish a surety bond or other guarantee of payment. Applicants for other types of services may be required to furnish a surety bond or make payment prior to the receipt of services.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Applicants for in-plant inspection services must do so in writing to the nearest regional inspection office. Requests for other types of services may be made orally or in writing to the Regional Inspection Office.
Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, Public Law 79-733, 7 U.S.C. 1624-1627; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended, Public Law 84-1024, 16 U.S.C. 742(a)-742(j); Reorganization Plan No. 4, 1970.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
FY 07 $18,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
50 CFR Chapter II, Parts 260 to 267; Inspection Services Brochure, USDC approved list of fish establishments and products, free. Also available on the Internet at http://seafood.nmfs.noaa.gov/. Service fees are established annually.
Regional or Local Office
Inspection Services Division, National Marine Fisheries Services, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-2355. Toll free: (1-800) 422-2750.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals