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FSIS Issues Final Rule on New Definitions and Standards for Official U.S. Classes of Poultry

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a final rule on its definitions and standards for the official U.S. classes of poultry.

In this final rule, FSIS is lowering the age definitions for five classes of poultry — Rock Cornish game hen or Cornish game hen; broiler or fryer; roaster or roasting chicken; capon; and fryer-roaster turkey.

FSIS did not lower the age definition for a sixth class of poultry — young turkey — as proposed.  The age definition for a young turkey remains at less than 8 months of age.  In addition to lowering the age definition for the “roaster'' class, this final rule also defines a “roaster”  based on  a RTC carcass weight of 5 pounds or more.

This rule is effective on January 1, 2014.

To view the full final rule, go to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-03/html/2011-28525.htm

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