On June 15, 2017, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. FSIS-2017-0023] announcing two educational meetings to discuss the enforcement and implementation of the Final Rule, “Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes and Products Derived from Such Fish.” Fish of the order Siluriformes include fish of several families, including catfish (fish of the family Ictaluridae), basa, tra, and swai (fish of the family Pangasiidae), and clarias (fish of the Clariidae family). FSIS will present information on the upcoming full implementation of the regulatory requirements at official domestic establishments that process Siluriformes fish and fish products, as well as information on entry procedures and reinspection at official import inspection establishments. FSIS is particularly interested in soliciting participation from representatives from domestic wild-caught operations that process Siluriformes fish and fish products.

The primary objectives of the meetings are to provide updated information to stakeholders and to encourage dialogue between FSIS and the Siluriformes fish industry. Affected industry and interested individuals, organizations, and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the meetings.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • The first meeting will be held in Richmond, VA, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017; 9 a.m.–3 p.m. ET, at the Hilton Richmond Downtown, 501 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23129. For directions and parking instructions, please visit the hotel’s website.
  • The second meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD, on Thursday, July 20, 2017; 9 a.m.–3 p.m. ET, at the Sheraton Baltimore Washington International Hotel, 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. For directions and parking instructions, please visit the hotel’s website.

Further information on these meetings will be posted on FSIS Web site here. and through the FSIS Constituent Update. The final rule may be accessed from the FSIS Web site here. Questions regarding the mandatory inspection of fish of the order Siluriformes and products derived from such fish may be directed to AskFish@fsis.usda.gov.