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FSIS Issues Final Descriptive Designation Rule for Raw Meat and Poultry Products

Monday, January 5, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a final rule amending its regulations to require the use of a descriptive designation as part of the product name on the labels of raw meat and poultry products that contain added solutions and that fail to meet a standard of identity. The rule, "Descriptive Designation for Raw Meat and Poultry Products Containing Added Solutions," states that the descriptive designation must include the percentage of added solution and the individual ingredients or multi-ingredient components in the solution, listed in descending order of prevalence by weight. The rule also provides specifications for listing the added solutions, and removes the standard of identity regulation for ready-to-cook poultry products to which solutions are added.

The rule becomes effective January 1, 2016, but because of uniform compliance date provisions, labels of affected products will need to comply with the new requirements as of January 1, 2018.

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