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Meat Institute Submits Comments on FSIS, FDA Uniform Compliance Dates for Food Labeling Regulations

Monday, January 7, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute submitted comments to both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in response to the agencies’ final rules establishing January 1, 2022, as the uniform compliance date for new food labeling regulations issued between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. The agencies, in their final rules, reserved the right to establish a different compliance date if special circumstances warrant.

The Meat Institute, in its comments, expressed support for coordinated, uniform label compliance dates within FSIS, FDA and across relevant agencies. The Institute said uniform label compliance dates allow for responsible allocations of industry resources and ensure consumers receive accurate, consistent and applicable information about the meat and poultry products they purchase and consume. The Institute also encouraged coordination between FDA and FSIS should either agency identify label changes that warrant a different compliance date, asserting: “Separate rulemaking efforts could result in a patchwork of different compliance dates, which would be onerous and costly to the industry because labels would need to be changed frequently to comply with the different standards.”

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