Department of the Army Regulation 40-656
* MCO 10110.48

Medical Services

Veterinary Surveillance Inspection of Subsistence

28 August 2006

Effective date: 28 September 2006


PIN: 000018000

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History: This publication is a major revision.

Summary: This regulation establishes uniform methods for inspecting Army, Navy, and Marine Corps-owned subsistence. It defines the United States Army Veterinary Service's responsibility for surveillance-type inspection of all Service-owned subsistence received, stored, issued, sold, or shipped by military installations (including those items received from all depots and supply points). It implements AR 40-657 / NAVSUPINST 4355.4H/ MCO P10110.31H as it pertains to veterinary service food hygiene, safety, and quality assurance inspections. This regulation includes specific instructions for inspections of semi-perishable and perishable subsistence. Operational rations will be inspected in accordance with DSCP Handbook 4155.2 and the appropriate appendix.

Applicability: This regulation applies to the Active and Reserve Components of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps; and the National Guard/National Guard of the United States of the Army, unless otherwise stated.

Proponent and Exception Authority: The proponent and exception authority to this regulation is The Surgeon General. The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions to this regulation that are consistent with controlling law and regulations. The proponent may delegate the approval authority, in writing, to a division chief within the proponent agency or its direct reporting unit or field operating agency in the grade of colonel or the civilian equivalent. Activities may request a waiver to this regulation by providing justification that includes a full analysis of the expected benefits and must include formal review by the activity's senior legal officer. All waiver requests will be endorsed by the commander or senior leader of the requesting activity and forwarded through their higher headquarters to the policy proponent. Refer to AR 25-30 for specific guidance.

Army Management Control Process: This regulation contains management control provisions and identifies key management controls that must be evaluated.

Supplementation: Supplementation of this regulation and establishment of command and local forms are prohibited without prior approval from HQDA (DODVSA/OTSG), 5109 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3258. (For Army users only.)

Suggested Improvements: Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to: HQDA (DODVSA/OTSG), 5109 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3258.

Distribution: Army: This publication is available in electronic media only and is intended for medical activities only at command level C for the Active Army, C for the Army National Guard, and D for the Army Reserve.
Marine Corps: 10210861800.

* AR 40-656/ NAVSUPINST 4355.10/ MCO 10110.45, 15 October 1986.

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