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FSIS Instructs Inspectors to Survey Establishments Making Antibiotic, Hormone and Soy Claims

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice instructing inspectors in establishments producing raw ground beef products, raw chicken parts and ready-to-eat (RTE) products to collect data on the use of certain raising and other claims as part of a larger effort to develop and execute compliance testing to verify claims’ accuracy. The “Labeling Claims Questionnaire” directs inspection program personnel (IPP) to gather information regarding three types of labeling claims: a statement on the label claiming that hormones were not administered to cattle; a statement on the label indicating that antibiotics were not used in chicken production; and a statement specifying that soy is not present in RTE products. Claims of limited antibiotic use for raw chicken parts are not included in the survey. The law firm Hogan Lovells developed a memo detailing examples of hormone, antibiotic and soy labeling claims that have been approved by FSIS.

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