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FSIS Posts Label Backlog Update and Tips for Nutrition Label Approval Process.

Monday, July 22, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted it is experiencing a delay of about 17 - 18 business days in evaluating labels requiring review before use.

FSIS posted a tip that "meat and poultry establishments need not change the nutrition format on their labels. If meat and poultry establishments decide to voluntarily modify their products' nutrition facts panel to meet the revised FDA format requirements, one FSIS sketch approval must be on file for each new format." FSIS proposed changes its nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products but that proposal has not been finalized. The FSIS proposed rule closely matches revised nutrition label requirements in two FDA final rules published in 2016. FSIS published a Federal Register notice allowing the voluntary use of FDA's nutrition facts label format requirements prior to FSIS publishing a final nutrition labeling rule.

Meat and poultry establishments have two options. They may keep their existing nutrition facts panel based on 9 CFR 317.300-317.400 and 381.400-381.500 regulations. Nutrition facts labeling formats meeting the FSIS regulations may be added to labeling through generic approval, and the new FDA format requirements are not applicable to these products. In the alternative, establishments may voluntarily update the nutrition panel to meet the new FDA requirements. More information about the FSIS proposed nutrition facts labeling changes and FDA changes can be found here .

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