9 CFR 500.5 - Notification, appeals, and actions held in abeyance.
(a) If FSIS takes a withholding action or imposes a suspension, the establishment will be notified orally and, as promptly as circumstances permit, in writing. The written notification will:
(1) State the effective date of the action(s),
(2) Describe the reasons for the action(s),
(3) Identify the products or processes affected by the action(s),
(4) Provide the establishment an opportunity to present immediate and corrective action and further planned preventive action; and
(5) Advise the establishment that it may appeal the action as provided in §§ 306.5 and 381.35 of this chapter.
(b) The prior notification provided for in § 500.4 of this part will:
(1) State the type of action that FSIS may take;
(2) Describe the reason for the proposed action;
(3) Identify the products or processes affected by the proposed action;
(4) Advise the establishment of its right to contact FSIS to contest the basis for the proposed action or to explain how compliance has been or will be achieved; and
(5) Advise the establishment that it will have three business days from receipt of the written notification to respond to FSIS unless the time period is extended by FSIS.
(c) An establishment may appeal the withholding action or suspension, as provided in §§ 306.5 and 381.35 of this chapter.
(d) If FSIS suspends inspection and does not hold the suspension action in abeyance as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, the establishment may request a hearing pursuant to the Uniform Rules of Practice, 7 CFR Subtitle A, part 1, subpart H. Upon such request, the Administrator will file a complaint that will include a request for an expedited hearing.
(e) FSIS may hold a suspension in abeyance and allow the establishment to operate under the conditions agreed to by FSIS and the establishment.