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FSIS Retail Exemption Limits Announced for 2017; Dollar Values Decreased

On June 1, 2017, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a notice in the Federal Register addressing the dollar limitations on the amount of meat and meat food products, poultry, and poultry products that a retail store can sell to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions without disqualifying [...]

FSIS Releases Proposed Nutrition Facts Revisions

On December 1, 2016, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule updating its Nutrition Facts Labeling regulations.  The proposed rule largely parallels the final rule issued by FDA to revising Nutrition Facts Labeling.  The FSIS proposed rule also updates Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs).  Among [...]

By |2016-12-21T19:34:59-05:00December 21st, 2016|Food Safety and Inspection Service, FSIS, Nutrition Labeling|0 Comments

FSIS Posts Revised Guidance on Food Product Dating

On December 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service published revisions to guidance on food product dating.  The new guidance is aimed at reducing food waste through encouraging food manufacturers and retailers that apply product dating to use a “Best if Used By” date label.  This post summarizes the [...]

By |2016-12-21T19:02:43-05:00December 21st, 2016|Food, Food Safety and Inspection Service, FSIS, Product Dating|0 Comments

USDA Announces Uniform Compliance Date for Labeling Regulations

On December 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published in the Federal Register an announcement that January 1, 2020, will be the uniform compliance date for meat and poultry labeling regulations that are issued in calendar years 2017 and 2018. This action does not change existing requirements [...]

FSIS Provides for GMO Claims

On August 19, 2016, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published Notice 54-16.  The notice informs inspection program personnel (IPP) that meat and poultry products establishments or egg product plants may make claims using the abbreviation GMO on the labeling of a meat, poultry or egg product [...]

By |2016-10-30T01:15:05-04:00August 22nd, 2016|Food Safety and Inspection Service, GMO, GMO|0 Comments

FSIS Announces 2016 Retail Exemption Limits

On May 9, 2016, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a notice in the Federal Register addressing the dollar limitations on the amount of meat and meat food products, poultry, and poultry products that a retail store can sell to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions without disqualifying [...]

FSIS Final Grind Log Rule Webinar Replay

On January 21, 2016, Erik Lieberman of Lieberman PLLC hosted a webinar to review the final grind log rule issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of USDA on December 21, 2015.  The rule requires retail stores and official establishments to maintain records of grinding activity of raw beef products.  The webinar replay is [...]

FSIS Releases Final Grind Log Rule

On December 21, 2015, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a final rule to require that all official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products keep records that disclose the establishment numbers of all source materials that they use in the preparation of each lot of [...]

FSIS Announces Nutrition Labeling Inspection Procedures

On March 1, 2013, the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) rule on Nutrition Labeling of Single Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products became effective. The rule requires nutrition labeling of the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products on labels or at point-of-purchase. The rule also requires nutrition [...]

FSIS Releases Final Rule on Labeling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef

On May 13, 2015, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule (the “Final Rule”) imposing new labeling requirements for raw and partially-cooked needle and blade tenderized beef, including beef products injected with a marinade or solution.  The labeling requirements do not apply if the [...]