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FSIS Provides Label Backlog Update and Tips for the Label Approval Process.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is currently experiencing a delay of about 20-21 business days in evaluations for labels that require review prior to use. FSIS hopes to achieve a faster label evaluation process by providing industry with label application submission tips, such as, "The fastest way to obtain a label approval is to ensure the application includes a label with all of the required features and documentation necessary to support any statements or claims on the label." FSIS receives and reviews a high volume of labels every week. Accurate and complete label application submissions will ensure that reviews are carried out in a timely manner. When only minor modifications are needed, labels may be approved by FSIS as "sketch modified" rather than returned to the submitter. However, if the label modifications necessary for FSIS to approve a label are too numerous or complex, or if the modification cannot be made by FSIS without additional information, then the label application must be returned to the submitter.

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