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AMI Objects To Alabama Code Dating Provision

Monday, November 13, 2000

An Alabama law governing the sale of code dated product is preempted by federal law, according to AMI. The Institute, along with the National Turkey Federation, sent a letter November 9 to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries protesting the implementation of the new code dating provisions that are part of the Alabama Safe Foods Act (ASFA). Earlier this year, Alabama enacted a provision as part of the ASFA that makes it illegal to sell products that have passed their code date, regardless of the nature of the claims made in the code dating and regardless of the condition of the product. According to AMI, the law, "arbitrarily...provides that the products at issue are unfit for human consumption after the date on the product has passed, regardless of the nature of the date information. FSIS has made the affirmative determination that products subject to certain types of date labeling can be wholesome sometime after the date has passed." To view a copy of the letter, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=Labeling&NavMenuID=135&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=333

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