FSIS to Propose Label Rules For Enhanced Products

On April 15, 2011, in Regulatory, by Maggie Ernst

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) submitted this week to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review its proposed regulation that would establish new labeling requirements for enhanced meat and poultry products.  The proposed labeling regulations would establish a common or usual name for raw meat and poultry products to which solutions have been added (enhanced products) that do not meet codified standard of identity regulations.

Under the proposal, common or usual names for these products would be required to include an accurate description of the single-ingredient meat or poultry component along with the percentage of added solution incorporated into the product.  The proposed rule would also require that the print for all words in the common or usual name appear in a single-font size, a particular color and style of print, and that the name appear on a single-color contrasting background.  In addition, the proposed rule would require that the ingredients that make up the solution in an enhanced product be declared either as part of the product name or in the ingredient statement, listed in descending order of predominance.  The proposal would also remove the standard of identity for “ready-to-cook poultry products to which solutions are added.”