Meat, Poultry, and Egg Product establishments are responsible for accurately labeling their product for human consumption. All labels must be approved by the FSIS Labeling and Program Delivery Division.
Compliance Guide - Labeling that Needs to be Submitted for Evaluation and Approval (Nov 2013)
This compliance guide provides information about the types of labels and labeling that need to be submitted to the Agency for approval, including specific examples of certain special statements and claims that are not generically approved.
Slides: Label Flow Process | PDF (July 2010)
Powerpoint presentation of the label workflow process.
Label Application Guidance
Provides guidance on the paper submission of label applications and correspondence regarding labeling and additive policy issues.
Label Submission and Approval System (LSAS)
Access to and information about LSAS, the web-based Label Submission Approval System.
Questions and Answers Related to the Application for Approval of Labels, Marking or Device, FSIS Form 7234-1
Responses to questions regarding the submission and use of the new FSIS Form 7234-1.
Check List for Mandatory Features
List of mandatory features which must be present on a label.
Suggested Label Submission Checklist
A checklist which provides guidance on the preparation and submission of label applications.
Questions and Answers Related to the Request for Label Reconsideration, FSIS Form 8822-4
Responses to questions regarding the submission and use of the new FSIS Form 8822-4.
Ten Most Commonly Asked Questions
Provides answers to most frequently asked questions regarding label applications, record keeping practices and ingredient claims.
How to Request Duplicate Copies of Approved Labels (May 1, 2013; PDF Only)
Provides guidance for requesting duplicate copies of approved label submissions.
10 Most Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them | PDF (July 2010)
Listing of ten common mistakes made on a label submission and how to avoid them.
Comprehensive List of Reasons for Label Modifications and Returns | PDF (July 2010)
This document is provided to further explain reasons why a label was modified or returned after evaluation by a staff member of the Labeling and Program Delivery Division.
Areas of Specialization for the Labeling and Program Delivery Division (Jan 23, 2012; PDF Only)
Listing of the Labeling and Program Delivery Division team members and their area of specialization.
Procedures for Labeling Evaluation Submissions and Policy Advisory Consultants | PDF
Provides procedural guidance which serve to maintain the timely review of labels.
Labeling & Establishment Responsibilities | PDF
List of responsibilities of FSIS and the establishments regarding the approval of temporary, sketch and the generic labels.
Extraordinary Circumstances - Procedures for Evaluating Labeling
Provides guidance on requests for accelerated label evaluations for temporary approvals only.
Information Required For Requesting a Temporary Approval | PDF
Provides guidance on required information for applications submitted for temporary label approvals.
Labeling Conditions That Can Not Have a Temporary Approval | PDF
Outline of situations in which label applications may not receive temporary approval.