Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for the Repacking of Crabmeat [12 VAC 5 ‑ 165]
This action is part of the regulatory reform initiative.
Modify regulations for repacking of crabmeat as result of periodic review
Action 3425
General Information
Action Summary The Regulations for the Repacking of Crab Meat for Human Consumption (12 VAC 5-165-10 et seq.) pertain to the practice of transferring crab meat from the container of one establishment, as the term is defined in § 28.2-800 in the Code of Virginia, into the container of an establishment certified by the Division of Shellfish Sanitation to repack crab meat. When these regulations were adopted in 2000, they were developed to address a situation where one Virginia-certified crab meat dealer would purchase crab meat packed by another certified crab meat dealer, whether of a domestic or foreign origin, and repack the meat into a container. Most crab meat shipped into the United States now originates from a multitude of different processing facilities but is shipped in one cargo container by one exporter to the U.S. The one-on-one relationship between the original processing plant and the Virginia-certified dealer no longer exists in most instances. Several of the requirements that depended upon this relationship cannot be reliably met. The State Board of Health (the “board”) seeks to revise the regulations to reflect this change in order to assure the safety of crab meat repacked in Virginia.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [002705]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 10/4/2010
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
5772 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/30/2011.
6007 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/14/2014.
6980 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/02/2015.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Keith Skiles 
Address: Virginia Department of Health
109 Governor St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)864-7479    FAX: (804)864-7481    TDD: ()-