590.120 Financial interest of inspectors.§ 590.120 Financial interest of inspectors.
(a) Inspection program personnel will not inspect any product in which he or she has a financial interest; or that is produced by a plant at which the employee, the employee's spouse, minor child, partner, organization in which the employee is serving as officer, director, trustee, partner, or employee; or that is produced by any other person with whom inspection program personnel are negotiating or have any arrangements concerning prospective employment.
(b) All inspection program personnel are subject to statutory restrictions with respect to political activities; e.g., 5 U.S.C. 7324 and 1502.
(c) Violation of the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section or the provisions of applicable statutes referenced in paragraph (b) of this section will constitute grounds for dismissal.
(d) Inspection program personnel are subject to all applicable provisions of law and regulations and instructions of the Department and the Food Safety and Inspection Service concerning employee responsibilities and conduct. The setting forth of certain prohibitions in this part in no way limits the applicability of such general or other regulations or instructions.[85 FR 68674, Oct. 29, 2020]