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.

The FSIS has 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 used.
FSIS develops and implements policies to ensure that meat, poultry and egg product labeling is truthful and non-misleading.
The USDA 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.
For more information see the FSIS website.

Editor WorldPoultry

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