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USDA Establishes Naturally Raised Marketing Claim Standard

Monday, January 26, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a voluntary standard for naturally raised livestock and meat marketing claims.  It was published in the January 21, 2009, Federal Register.

The naturally raised marketing claim standard means that the livestock from which those meat and meat products have been derived were raised entirely without growth promotants, antibiotics (except for ionophores used as coccidiostats for parasite control) and were never fed animal by-products.  The voluntary standard establishes the minimum requirements for producers who choose to operate a USDA-verified program involving a naturally raised claim. 

This voluntary standard will become effective upon Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the related information collection provisions pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.)

To view this notice, click here: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1007.htm

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