The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced it is reopening for 60 days the comment period for the proposed rule, “Common or Usual Name for Raw Meat and Poultry Products Containing Added Solutions.”  In July, the agency published the proposed rule to amend its regulations for raw products with added solutions that do not meet standard-of-identity regulations.

FSIS proposed that the common name for the products include an accurate description of the percentage of added solution incorporated into the product as well as the individual ingredients in the solution listed in descending order of predominance by weight.  The agency also proposed that the labels be printed in a single font size, color, and style of print.

FSIS maintains that the new labeling system will allow consumers to better determine which products are suitable for their dietary needs through increased product name prominence.  The comment period will close on January 9.  Comments may be submitted via http://www.regulations.gov or mailed to USDA, FSIS, Docket Clerk, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 8-163A, Mailstop 3782, Washington, D.C.  20250-3700.

 

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