USDA sets date for meat labeling changes

US - The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) has said that January 1, 2010 will mark the enforcement date of any new meat and poultry labeling regulations announced over the next two years.
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The rule, effective March 5, is similar to the labeling approach employed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is designed to minimize the economic impact of label changes.

This approach to labeling regulations was first adopted by FSIS in 2004, with the aim of making "orderly adjustments to new labeling requirements without unduly exposing consumers to outdated labels".

"With this approach to effecting compliance, the meat and poultry products industry is able to plan for the use of label inventories and to develop new labeling materials that meet the requirements of all labeling regulations made within the two year period, thereby minimizing the economic impact of labeling changes," said FSIS.

Source: Meat
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