Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to expand the circumstances under which it will generically approve the labels of meat, poultry, and egg products. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Nov. 13.

To prevent the introduction of adulterated or misbranded products into commerce, FSIS implements a prior approval program for labels intended to be used on federally inspected meat, poultry, and egg products, both imported and domestic. However, FSIS considers certain labels that comply with its labeling rules to be generically approved.

This proposed rule would expand the categories of labels deemed generically approved to include (1) labels on products for export that deviate from FSIS requirements, (2) labels that list ingredients as being certified organic, (3) labels that display geographic landmarks such as a foreign country’s flag, monument, or map, (4) labels that make negative claims identifying the absence of certain ingredients or types of ingredients, and (5) labels of products that receive voluntary FSIS inspection.

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