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FSIS Issues Compliance Guideline on Meat and Poultry Kit Labeling.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS or the agency) announced the availability of the agency's guideline on kit products that contain a meat or poultry component. The guideline helps establishments and other food handling facilities determine whether a kit product needs to be prepared under FSIS inspection and how it should be labeled. FSIS has determined that assembling a kit product that contains meat or poultry need not be done under FSIS inspection, if these conditions are met: (1) the meat or poultry component is prepared and separately packaged under FSIS inspection and labeled with all required features; (2) the outer kit label identifies the individual components in the kit; and (3) the outer kit label identifies the product as a single unit or "kit." Kit products with a meat or poultry component are still under FSIS's jurisdiction and must meet FSIS requirements to ensure they are not adulterated or misbranded. FSIS's notice, which includes the guideline, can be viewed here. And a memo from Hogan Lovells detailing the new policy is available here. FSIS will accept comments on the guideline until Sept. 9, 2019.

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