Questions and Answers Related to the Application
for Approval of Labels, Marking or Device, FSIS Form
7234-1 (Revised November 16, 2011)
FSIS Form 7234-1, available in fillable PDF format has
been revised to include additional features that will make
the evaluation process more efficient. Additional forms,
which may be of interest, are available on our web site at
www.fsis.usda.gov/Forms/index.asp for your convenience.
THIS FORM IS TO BE USED ONLY FOR PAPER
SUBMISSIONS SENT BY MAIL, EXPRESS MAIL, COURIER, OR FAX
TO THE LABELING AND PROGRAM DELIVERY DIVISION (LPDD).
- What are some of the changes made to the
FSIS Form 7234-1?
The form has been revised to include:
- Type of product (i.e., Meat, Poultry, Egg, and
Other (i.e., exotic species, non-amenable,
- HAACP category checkbox
- Child Nutrition Logo and CN identification
- Special claims, guarantees, or foreign language
- Product Formula area expanded
- Processing procedures area expanded
- OMB statement
- When can I start using the new FSIS Form
The form is available for immediate use. Previous
versions are considered obsolete.
- Do I have to use the new FSIS Form 7234-1?
The new form will be required for any paper submissions
sent by US postal mail, express mail, courier, or FAX to
LPDD effective May 31, 2012.
- What happens if I send in an old version of
the FSIS Form 7234-1?
LPDD will allow a grace period to accept the old version only until May 31, 2012.
Obsolete forms received after that date will be returned without evaluation.
- I have completed the FSIS Form 7234-1; can I
send it to you electronically (i.e., email, askFSIS)?
No. LPDD does not accept label request sent by email or
- Is there an alternative way to submit my
label application to LPDD?
Yes. LPDD will be launching its
new “Labeling Submission and Approval System (LSAS)”
which is a secure web-based application tentatively on May 1, 2012. For information
concerning how you need to prepare to use LSAS, access:
Note: The “Labeling Submission and Approval
System (LSAS)” contains its own 7234-1 to complete. Do
Not Use The Paper Submission Form.
- How do I submit FSIS Form 7234-1 to LPDD?
Instructions are provided on page 5 of the form. For additional guidance concerning label submissions, please refer to “Label Application Guidance” which is located at:
- Is FSIS Form 7234-1 the only document I need
to submit to get a label approval?
No. An application must also include a copy of the label
and any supporting data. Instructions are provided on
page 5 of the form. Additional information on what needs
to be included in a complete application, please refer
to link “Labeling That Must Be Reviewed by the Labeling
Compliance Team,” which is located at:
- What if I do not have enough space on the
A continuation sheet has been included for your
convenience. If you still more space, you may attach a
separate sheet of paper. Please be sure to include the
product name and the block item, regardless of whether
you are using the continuation sheet or a separate sheet
- Can I make copies of the new FSIS Form
The form has a fill and print capability, so you may
print as many copies as needed. LPDD strongly
discourages the use of using copiers since this could
affect the overall appearance of the application
(margins, enlarging/decreasing, crooked, blurring,
- May I duplicate the form with my own
No. Only official forms are acceptable in the conduct of
Agency business. Receipt of such applications may result
in your application being returned without evaluation or
longer processing time.
- Do I have to type the form?
Yes. See “Preparation of Application” on Page 5 of the
instructions. The form is designed so you can fill and
print. LPDD can no longer accept hand written label
- LPDD has always accepted our hand written
forms and copies. Why are the rules more stringent now?
LPDD will launch its new
“Labeling Submission and Approval System (LSAS)” tentatively May 1, 2012.
Submitters will have two choices on how they can submit
their label applications to LPDD;
1) use LSAS to electronically complete the
application process, or
2) use the current paper submission process.
All label applications will be integrated into the
new system. Those label applications specifically
received through paper submissions (US mail, express
mail, courier, or fax) which contain hand written forms,
copies, crooked or skewed applications,
enlargement/decreased fonts, blurred material, etc.,
will be more time consuming to process and to integrated
into LSAS. The efficient handling and movement of
labeling applications is dependent on the guidance we
- Can I send my application in by fax?
Label applications from small businesses will be
accepted, provided the labeling is legible. Provide the
required amount of copies in proper sequence, which is
the application form FSIS Form 7234-1, label, and
supporting documentation. Please provide a cover sheet
indicating the reason for the fax, and your contact
information. Refer to “Label Application Guidance” which
is located at:
The best means to ensure you paper submissions are
properly prepared and legible is to follow the
Instructions for Preparation of FSIS Form 7234-1 on page
5 of the form.
- I sent my application in by fax, but received either
a phone call, return fax, or a letter indicating my
copies were not legible and that I needed to resubmit by
mail. What is the best way I can ensure that my
information is legible?
Fax machines are not the best resource to send your
application request to LPDD since the information can be
blurred, crooked, streaked, etc., at the same time not a
secure method of transmission. In addition, labels that
contain color will only be received in black/white
making many of the required features unreadable. The
best means to ensure you paper submissions are properly
prepared and legible is to follow the Instructions for
Preparation of FSIS Form 7234-1 on page 5 of the form.
Last Modified: April 13, 2012