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NAMI Comments on Flexibility for SNAP-Authorized Retailers.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute submitted comments on June 4 in response to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) proposed rule to modify the definition of "variety" as it pertains to stocking provisions in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) authorized food retail stores. Under a 2016 final rule, "variety" was defined by product kind or main ingredient in the meat, poultry or fish staple food category, meaning chicken, beef and pork were each considered discrete varieties. FNS proposed a change to allow any species of meat, poultry or fish to be counted once as a discrete variety, if perishable, and once as a discrete variety, if shelf-stable. In the comments, the Meat Institute encouraged FNS to redefine "variety" so different items from the same species count as different and discrete varieties. A broader definition recognizes the breadth and scope of products available within a single species. For example, beef jerky, roast beef and beef sausages, both perishable and shelf-stable, should all count as different varieties under the meat, poultry, or fish category.

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