FSIS and FDA Meet on Jurisdiction
November 11, 2005
November 11, 2005 -- The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a meeting on Dec. 15, 2005, to discuss jurisdictional issues regarding certain types of food products that contain meat and poultry as ingredients. The agencies are soliciting comments on their decision-making approach.
In the past, FSIS has determined its jurisdiction based on various factors including: the amount of meat or poultry in the product; whether the product is labeled as a meat or poultry product; and whether consumers perceive the product as a meat or poultry product. FSIS acknowledges that some decisions based on issues of consumer perception are inconsistent with other decisions that have been made for other products. As a result, both FDA and FSIS are finding it difficult to determine regulatory jurisdiction for some new foods, such as wrap-type sandwiches.
To register for the meeting or to file written comments, please refer to the instructions in the notice available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRpubs/05-013N.pdf