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AMI Submits Comments on FSIS Proposed Rule Regarding Generic Label Approval; Applauds Efforts To Streamline Process

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The American Meat Institute (AMI) submitted comments regarding the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) proposed rule titled, “Prior Label Approval System: Generic Label Approval.”

AMI applauded the agency’s efforts to streamline the label approval process for meat and poultry products, noting that the extensive time it takes to receive label approval under the current system is frustrating for both meat and poultry manufacturers and customers.

“We are hopeful that expanding the generic labeling regulations will allow the agency to review more quickly product labels that make special statements or claims,” the comments stated.

AMI also stated that it is encouraged by the FSIS’ proposal to transfer more of the responsibility for proper labeling of meat and poultry products to the industry that manufactures the products.

“It is within the industry’s ability and best interest to abide by the existing regulations and policies when labeling products,” the comments stated. “Proper labeling supports customer knowledge and satisfaction, allows product recognition and provides an opportunity for customers to compare products across categories.”

AMI provided additional specific suggestions for consideration when developing the final regulation, which can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/76133.

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