FSIS wants to define 'natural' for labels
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety
and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to establish a definition for the voluntary
claim 'natural' for meat and poultry labelling.
announced a public meeting to discuss a petition from Hormel Foods on the issue
and to gather comments on what conditions must be fulfilled for the claim to be
FSIS develops and implements policies to ensure that meat, poultry and egg
product labeling is truthful and non-misleading.
says it is inviting comments
from the public because the use of the claim 'natural' is an issue of
significant interest. After the comment period closes, FSIS will initiate
rulemaking on the claim 'natural'. The Agency has decided to initiate rulemaking
because it is the most appropriate, open, and transparent method to deal with
issues surrounding the definition and use of the claim 'natural'.
The public meeting will be held on 12 December 2006, from 9 am to 1 pm, in
the south end of the USDA cafeteria, South Agriculture Building, 1400
Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC.
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