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Agency Affirms Direct Final Rule on Use of Transglutaminase Enzyme and Pork Collagen

Thursday, March 14, 2002

FSIS today affirmed the December 31, 2001, effective date for the direct final rule titled "Use of Tranglutaminase Enzyme and Pork Collagen as Binders in Certain Meat and Poultry Products."
On October 31, 2001, FSIS published in the Federal Register a direct final rule, in which the Agency notified the public of the its intention to permit the use of transglutaminase enzyme (TG enzyme) or pork collagen, in limited amounts, as binders in certain standardized meat and poultry products. Also, the rule announced the Agency's intention to prescribe labeling requirements when TG enzyme is used to fabricate or reform cuts of meat or poultry. The single comment responding to the publication of the direct final rule was in agreement with the ruling. To view the direct final rule please visit the FSIS web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/01-016DF.htm.

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