The names of livestock and poultry producers who repeatedly market animals with violative chemical residues will soon be posted on the Internet.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will begin posting the names and addresses of sellers of contaminated food-producing animals later in January.

The American Meat Institute and other trade groups favored the action, published in the Jan. 6, 2003 Federal Register.

Under the notice, producers will be placed on the repeat violators alert list (RVAL) for 12 months, following confirmation of a second confirmed chemical residue violation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The web site will be updated as FDA confirms violations.

If a producer is responsible for more than two violations, the web site listing will be extended for another year from the date of the last violation.

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