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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

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 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 [...]

FSIS Instructs Inspectors on COOL

On February 3, 2015, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a notice to inspection program personnel (IPP) to make them aware of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) final rule on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) published in the Federal Register on May 24, 2013, which requires certain [...]

FSIS Publishes Final Rule on Labeling of Added Solutions

On December 31, 2014, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule requiring the use of descriptive designations as part of the product name on the labels of raw meat and poultry products that contain added solutions and do not meet a standard of identity.  [...]

FSIS Sampling of Ground Beef for Nutrient Content Begins Sept. 29

On September 2, 2014, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a notice (Notice 43-14) to enforcement staff announcing that beginning on September 29, 2014, samples of raw ground beef products collected in consumer-ready packaging (with a label bearing a nutrition facts panel) for testing for Shiga toxin-producing E. [...]