Can anybody guide me to the correct regulation by USDA/FSIS for repacking of raw chicken in a distribution center?
Current scenario is that we receive fresh raw chicken in boxes (25-40lbs each) which are inspected and marked by USDA inspection at our approved supplier/USDA regulated facilities.
During handling at our operations, sometimes the outer casing/ paper box (with the USDA inspection label) gets damaged , while the product primary packaging (which is without the USDA inspection mark) is still intact, with no exposure of the product to the environment. These boxes are removed from the inventory and disposed off immediately.
However, while revisiting the wastage, my understanding is that as long as the inner packaging is still intact and all the temperature and other food safety/traceability requirements are met and maintained, can these be repacked into new similar boxes, while the original USDA/Product label be transferred to the outside of the new box? Should one require to contact USDA/FSIS everytime this happens or this can be done as long as the records of it is maintained?
I have done a risk assessment on it, however, I am seeking the regulation side of it, so any help would be appreciated.