Vermont Joins Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program

Vermont has joined the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) Program, allowing state-inspected meat and poultry processors to ship their products across state lines without a federal grant of inspection. The 2008 Farm Bill created the CIS program, an agreement between USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and participating state meat inspection programs. The program is open to states that have an established Meat and Poultry Inspection Program (MPI) that ensures state plant inspections follow the same guidelines as USDA FSIS inspections for official federal establishments. There are now 27 states participating in the program. “Vermont entered into the CIS program with the USDA FSIS to increase the business opportunities for the state’s small meat and poultry processors, and expand available markets beyond Vermont’s borders,” said Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts.