(2) The Location List includes the geographical areas of responsibility for
each element of the military veterinary service inside the Continental US (CONUS). It
also shows the assignment of inspection responsibilities in those foreign countries that
are specifically within the area of responsibility of any overseas command.
There are four types of sanitary inspections: initial, routine, special, and update.
These sanitary inspections are performed by military veterinary service personnel on
commercial food establishments furnishing food items to the military.
a. Initial. Initial inspection determines the initial sanitary status of a commercial
food establishment. It results in the establishment being approved or disapproved as a
source of food for the military services. The veterinary officer uses the appropriate
sanitary standard to determine compliance.
b. Routine. A routine inspection determines the current sanitary status of an
establishment listed in the Directory. It results in the continued approval of the
establishment or notification to its management of the possibility of disapproval if
sanitary deficiencies present are not corrected in a reasonable amount of time. The
inspector uses the appropriate sanitary standard to determine compliance. The
frequency of routine inspections by the military veterinary services, of establishments
actively engaged in supplying products to the military services, depends on the type of
food item being supplied. For example, a bakery is inspected quarterly, whereas a
seasonal processor of salmon is inspected annually during periods of production. AR
40-657 sets forth minimum frequency for routine inspections.
c. Special. A special sanitary inspection is performed at an approved
Directory-listed plant to determine whether or not the plant will remain approved as a
source of food for the military services. Special sanitary inspections of Directory-listed
establishments may be initiated by the inspector when the plant has failed to correct,
within a reasonable period of time, sanitary deficiencies found during a routine sanitary
inspection. Also, these inspections may be performed as the result of a request by the
commander of the HSC or major overseas command whenever it is indicated that foods
produced by an establishment constitute a threat to the health of a consumer. The
special sanitary inspection will be a complete inspection, similar in all details to an initial
d. Update. An updating sanitary inspection will be conducted every 4 years
after the initial sanitary inspection, except when a special sanitary inspection has been
performed in the meantime. The updating sanitary inspection will use the same format
and be as comprehensive as an initial sanitary inspection.