The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced that it will allow voluntary use of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new Nutrition Facts format for food labels on meat and poultry labels. This announcement comes as FSIS works to finalize its own nutrition labeling and serving size regulations. FSIS’s goal is to produce nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products that will parallel FDA’s regulations in efforts to help prevent consumer confusion and nonuniformity in the marketplace.
FDA’s new food labeling regulations came into effect on July 26, 2016. Changes are reflected in the appearance and content of calories, serving sizes of food, nutrient daily values, added sugars, and more. The compliance date is July 26, 2018 for all food facilities, except those with less than 10 million dollars in annual food sales, who will have an additional year (July 26, 2019) to comply.
To help ensure compliance with FDA’s new regulations, meat and poultry companies that would like to use the FDA Nutrition Facts format for their products must first submit their labels to FSIS for review. FSIS will review only one sketch label submitted per company or corporation. Any additional similar labels from the same company or corporation that use the new FDA format can be generically approved after the approval of the sketch label. Meat and poultry companies may use Registrar Corp’s blog on updated FDA food labeling regulations as guide on how to format their sketch labels.
The new FSIS nutrition labeling regulations will likely be similar to FDA’s, but there is no guarantee that the label requirements will be identical. Therefore, FSIS is advising companies that decide to use the new FDA format that they may need to revise the format again when FSIS issues its final regulations. FSIS is open to all comments regarding the new meat and poultry labeling and nutrition requirements. Comments may be submitted here through December 16, 2016.
Registrar Corp’s Labeling and Ingredient Review Specialists can help update meat and poultry labels to comply with FDA’s new rules. For more information, contact +1-757-224-0177 or chat with a Regulatory Advisor 24-hours a day at www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp.