|A regulatory change to the Food Regulations (12VAC5-421 et seq.) is required in order to conform to changes made to the Code of Virginia during the 2018 Legislative Session (See Chapter 674 of the 2018 Acts of Assembly; SB470). Chapter 674 amends Section 3.2-5121 of the Code of Virginia to include the following language, in part: No regulation adopted or amended by the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall require commercially slaughtered or processed rabbits offered for sale or service be slaughtered or processed under (i) the voluntary inspection program that is conducted by the state agency that has animal health jurisdiction or (ii) a voluntary inspection program that is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Chapter 674 removes the requirement that rabbits must be slaughtered or processed under a voluntary inspection program prior to introduction into commerce. The Food Regulations require game animals received for sale or service to be, among several options, slaughtered and processed under a voluntary inspection program that is conducted by the state agency that has animal health jurisdiction or under a voluntary inspection program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Game animals, by regulatory definition, include rabbits. The Food Regulations are in conflict with the statutory language contained in Chapter 674, which became effective July 1, 2018. The proposed regulatory action would amend the Food Regulations to comply with state law by allowing food establishments within the Commonwealth to receive for sale or service, commercially slaughtered or processed rabbits not under a voluntary inspection.
|Only affects this chapter.
|Executive Branch Review
|This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
|Amend Food Regulations to Comply with Chapter 674 of 2018
|New Periodic Review
|This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
|Name / Title:
|Julie Henderson / Director, Office of Environmental Health Services
109 Governor St.
Richmond, VA 23219
|(804)864-7455 FAX: (804)864-7475 TDD: (800)828-1120