9 CFR 311.7 - Arthritis.
(a) Carcasses affected with arthritis which is localized and not associated with systemic change may be passed for human food after removal and condemnation of all affected parts. Affected joints with corresponding lymph nodes shall be removed and condemned. In order to avoid contamination of the meat which is passed, a joint capsule shall not be opened until after the affected joint is removed.
(b) Carcasses affected with arthritis shall be condemned when there is evidence of systemic involvement.