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)
Label Application Guidance
Responses to questions regarding the submission and use of the new FSIS Form 8822-4.
Provides answers to most frequently asked questions regarding label applications, record keeping practices and ingredient claims.
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.
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.
How to Request Duplicate Copies of Approved Labels (May 1, 2013; PDF Only)
Provides guidance for requesting duplicate copies of approved label submissions.
Slides: Label Flow Process | PDF (July 2010)
Powerpoint presentation of the label workflow process.
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.
Labeling That Must be Reviewed by the Labeling Compliance Team | PDF
Provides information on types of labels that must be reviewed by FSIS' Labeling Compliance Team.
Generic Labeling | PDF
Provides information and regulations on labeling materials that qualify for generic label approvals.
Information for Labeling Consultants
Provides guidance to labeling consultants/company representatives.
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.