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FSIS Issues Allergen Verification and Labeling Notice

Monday, May 6, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

In response to an increase in the number of recalls caused by undeclared allergens during the past few years, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is instructing inspection program personnel to begin targeted verification and labeling for the "Big 8" allergens, which account for 90 percent of all food allergy reactions. The "Big 8" includes wheat, crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp), eggs, fish, peanuts, milk, tree nuts (e.g. almonds, pecans, walnuts) and soybeans. IPP will have an awareness meeting with establishment management notifying them that FSIS will begin a new verification activity to determine whether establishment labels accurately reflect ingredients for products containing allergens. They will then use a new process to determine which product to select for the verification task that will include record review and observation of the production process. The notice is available here.

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