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FSIS Issues Notice Regarding Labeling Claims Verification Sampling

Monday, May 14, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice that expands product sampling to include verification of certain labeling claims. Specifically, the notice instructs inspection program personnel (IPP) at establishments that produce products in consumer-ready packaging that bear certain labeling claims, or raw ground beef in consumer-ready packaging that bears a nutrition facts panel, to collect product samples for verification testing. In addition, IPP will sample raw ground beef bearing "raised without hormones" claims, while ready-to-eat products will be tested if they bear "soy-free" claims. Raw chicken parts with the claim "raised without antibiotics" also will be sampled. Furthermore, the notice updates previous instructions in Notice 77-16, FSIS Sampling of Raw Ground Beef Products for Nutrient Content.

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