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Petitions

A listing of petitions for rulemaking and policy change submitted to FSIS that have generated public interest.  Files are provided in PDF format.
 

Federal Register

Petitions for Rulemaking; Approval of Information Collection | PDF (Jan 25, 2010)

US capital

Petitions for Rulemaking | PDF (Apr 9, 2009)

Petition Submitted by the National Chicken Council (Nov 18, 2013)
Petition submitted by the National Chicken Council requesting that FSIS amend the definition for the “roaster” chicken poultry class. 


 

Petition Submitted by Southern Poverty Law Center (Sep 3, 2013)
Petition submitted to both USDA and OSHA which requests that USDA ensure that worker safety is protected in any rulemaking related to line and work speeds in the meat and poultry processing industries.


Petition Submitted by Zatarain's (Aug 23, 2013)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS revise the Jambalaya entry in the Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book

Petition Submitted by Animal Legal Defense Fund (Jun 3, 2013)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS require mandatory labeling to disclose routine antibiotic use in animals used to produce meat and poultry products, and to clarify the standard for "antibiotic free" labeling claims.

Petition Submitted by Animal Legal Defense Fund
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS take regulatory action to withhold the official USDA mark of inspection from foie gras products unless such products bear labeling that states that they were derived from diseased birds.

Petition Submitted on Behalf of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (Mar 14, 2013)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS declare and regulate feces as an adulterant, amend 9 CFR 317.212, 318.125(b)(2)(i), 381.125(b)(2)(ii) and 318.96.

Petition Submitted on Behalf of Import Export Associates (Jun 20, 2012)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS review its policies on the documentation that is required to accompany meat and poultry products for export to a foreign country and apply these policies in a consistent manner.

Petition Submitted on Behalf of SunOpta, Inc. (Jun 8, 2012)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS permit the labeling of an oat fiber ingredient used as a binder in Meat and Poultry Products as "Oat Fiber. .

Withdrawal of Petition Submitted by Midwest Coalition for Human Rights (Apr 27, 2012)
Midwest Coalition for Human Rights withdraws petition requesting that FSIS work with the U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA to take action to slow down the speed of the line in meatpacking and poultry processing plants.

Petition Submitted by National Meat Association (Apr 10, 2012)
Petition submitted requesting the amendment/clarification of current policy applicable to display caddies containing meat and poultry products (jerky and snack sticks).

Petition Submitted by Shiff Hardin LLP (Apr 6, 2012)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS create rules and regulations governing the sale, transport and processing of horses and horse meat intended for human consumption.


Petition Submitted by Preferred Meal Systems (Jan 10, 2012)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS authorize a regulatory experiment in which the labels of the FSIS-regulated component of Preferred Meal Systems' products would be generically approved if all labeling materials associated with such products would otherwise qualify for generic approval except for the claim that the product is acceptable for use in USDA-monitored child nutrition programs. .

SOIA, A Division of American Freedom Defense Initiatve (Jan 1, 2012)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS amend the regulations to require that the labels of ritually slaughtered meat or poultry products, and products containing ritually slaughtered meat or poultry, disclose the fact that the meat or poultry was derived from a ritually slaughtered animal. The petition also requests that FSIS require that the labels of these products identify the type of ritual slaughter employed, .

Petition Submitted by Maple Leaf Farms (Dec 20, 2012)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS revise the standard of identity for Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Petition Submitted by Applegate Farms (Nov 3, 2011)
Petition submitted by Applegate Farms requesting that FSIS include natural curing systems, such as vegetables and fruit juices, to the list of approved curing agents.

Petition Submitted by Professional Research Organization, Inc. 
Petition submitted by the Professional Research Organization requesting that FSIS establish new uses of high pressure processing (HPP) as a post-processing and packaging intervention to eliminate Trichinella spiralis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Salmonella spp. in ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products.


Petition Submitted by Gourmet Boutique, LLC (Jun 22, 2011)
Petition submitted by Gourmet Boutique requesting that FSIS issue a rule regarding the use of the term "grilled" for poultry products.


Petition Submitted by Real Halal
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS initiate rulemaking to require that the labels of meat and poultry products identified as Halal or Zabiha Halal explicitly state whether the source animals were hand slaughtered or mechanically slaughtered.

Petition Submitted by Center for Science in the Public Interest (May 25, 2011)
Petition submitted by Center for Science in the Public Interest requesting that FSIS issue an interpretive rule declaring antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella to be adulterants per the FMIA and PPIA.


Petition Submitted by North American Meat Processors Association (May 2, 2011)
Petition submitted by North American Meat Processors Association requesting that FSIS define the term "pasteurization" as it applies to meat and poultry products, and allow the use of the term "pasteurized" on consumer labels.

Petition Submitted by Tyson Foods Inc. (Mar 18, 2011)
Petition submitted by Tyson Foods Inc. requesting that FSIS rescind its approval of labels containing Perdue Farm's process verified program claims.

Petition Submitted by Food and Water Watch (Jan 19, 2011)
Petition submitted to request that FSIS initiate rulemaking to remove the Peoples Republic of China from the list of countries eligible to import poultry products into the United States.

Petition Submitted on Behalf of Food and Water Watch (Jan 28, 2008)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS remove Canada as a Country Eligible to Export Meat and Poultry Products Under 9 C.F.R. §§ 327.2 (b) and 381.196 (b).

Petition Submitted by Animal Welfare Institute (Dec 17, 2013)
Petition submitted requesting that FSIS use its authority under the PPIA to promulgate regulations for the humane handling of poultry.

Petition Submitted by Animal Welfare Institute (May 2013)
Petition submitted by the Animal Welfare Institute to request that FSIS amend the humane handling regulations to require that all slaughter establishments adopt a systematic approach to animal welfare.

Petition Submitted by Animal Welfare Institute (Aug 31, 2010)
Petition submitted by the Animal Welfare Institute to request that FSIS take certain actions to improve enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA) .
 


Petition Submitted by The Conference for Food Protection (Jun 17, 2010)
Petition submitted to encourage FSIS to promulgate regulations requiring that packers and processors of mechanically tenderized beef cuts label these products to identify that they have been pinned, bladed, or otherwise mechanically manipulated in a way that tenderizes the meat by penetrating the intact muscle.
 

Petition Submitted by Kemin Foods Technology's Inc. (Apr 23, 2010)
Petition submitted to FSIS to allow liquid sodium benzoate, sodium propionate, benzoic acid and propionic acid as antimicrobial agents in meat and poultry products.

Petition Submitted by Kraft Foods Global, Inc. (Jan 19, 2007)
Petition submitted to FSIS for rulemaking to allow sodium benzoate and sodium propionate as antimicrobial agents in meat and poultry products.

Petition Submitted by Farm Sanctuary (Mar 15, 2010)
Petition submitted to FSIS to amend 9 CFR §309.3(e) to prohibit the slaughter of non-ambulatory pigs, sheep, goats, and other livestock and to require that such animals be humanely euthanized.

Petition Submitted by the Humane Society of the United States (Nov 2, 2009, PDF Only)
The petition requests that the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service repeal a provision in section 309.13(b) of the Code of Federal Regulations that allows veal calves who are unable to rise from a recumbent position because they are thought to be "tired or cold" to be "set apart and held" for treatment and potential slaughter for human consumption.


Petition Submitted by Marler Clark LLP, PS Outbreak, Inc. (Oct 5, 2009, PDF Only)
Citizens petition submitted to FSIS for an interpretive rule declaring all Enterohemorrhagic (EHEC) Shiga Toxin-producing serotypes of Escherichia coli ( E. coli), including non-0157 serotypes, to be adulterants within the meaning of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA).

Petition Submitted by the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (Mar 4, 2009)
The petition requests that FSIS rescind the final rule that eliminates the wet tare method for determining the net weight of meat and poultry products.

Petition Submitted by the Truthful Labeling Coalition (Jul 27, 2007, PDF Only)
Petition submitted by the Truthful Labeling Coalition requesting that FSIS take action to prevent the marketing of misbranded fresh poultry products.

Petition Submitted by the American Meat Institute (Jul 8, 2005, PDF Only)
Citizens petition to recognize the use of e-beam on carcasses as a processing aid.
Petition Submitted by the American Meat Institute, the National Meat Association, and the National Milk Producers Federation
Petition submitted to FSIS to amend the ante-mortem inspection regulations to prohibit cattle that become non-ambulatory after passing antemortem inspection from being offered for slaughter.

Petition Submitted by Compassion Over Killing (Dec 30, 2010)
Petition submitted to FSIS to take regulatory action to revise the labeling requirements for eggs.

Petition for the Issuance of a Rule Regarding Natural Label Claims

Petition for Regulatory Limits for Listeria

 

Last Modified Mar 28, 2014