October 10, 2008
October 10, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this week began seeking information from the public and industry to initiate a public process to review its policies on the use of animal raising claims in the labeling of meat and poultry products.
FSIS approves animal raising claims in the labeling of meat and poultry products if the animal production information submitted with the label application supports the claims being made and the claim is truthful and not misleading. Recent events concerning labeling claims related to the use of antibiotics in the raising of poultry illustrate the complex issues associated with such claims and led FSIS to review its policies on related claims to ensure that they are truthful and not misleading.
A public meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, D.C., 20024. The meeting will discuss the issue and solicit public comments. Interested individuals should visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/
for more information, or contact Sheila Johnson at (202) 690-6498 or Sheila.Johnson@fsis.usda.gov
In addition to the public meeting, FSIS is seeking public comment on these labeling policies. Comments received on or before Nov. 14 will be considered. The Oct. 10 Federal Register is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-24191.htm