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Constituent Update - September 13, 2019

FSIS Seeking Comments on CSPI Petition on Nitrate/Nitrite Labeling

On August 29, 2019, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned FSIS to amend its labeling regulations to prohibit the statements “No Nitrate or Nitrite Added” and “Uncured” on meat products that have been processed using any sources of nitrates or nitrites, including non-synthetic sources, such as celery powder. The petition also requests that FSIS require that labeling of these products include the statement “nitrates or nitrites added” in lettering at least one-half the size and prominence of the product name. Additionally, the petition request that ingredients used as a source of nitrates or nitrites be declared as such in the product labeling, e.g., “celery powder (source of nitrates or nitrites for curing).” In addition, the petition requests that FSIS take additional steps to minimize levels of residual nitrates and nitrites in these products.

FSIS is seeking comments on this petition and anticipates that it may receive a significant number of comments. Therefore, to facilitate submission and public posting of comments, interested persons may submit comments online via the Federal eRulemaking portal at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FSIS-2019-0022 ; by mail, including CD-ROMs, sent to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3782, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-3700; or by hand or courier-delivery to 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-3700. All comments must include the agency name and identification number FSIS-2019-0022.

Questions to consider when developing comments on this petition include:

  • How should labels for products with synthetic nitrites be distinguished from labels for products with non-synthetic sources of nitrites, such as cultured celery powder?
  • Is there any data on how consumers perceive the descriptive designations “uncured” vs. “cured”?

Comments on this petition will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to: http://www.regulations.gov . Comments should be submitted by November 12, 2019.

The petition is available on FSIS’ website at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/petitions .

FSIS Announces Labeling Webinar

FSIS will host a webinar on generic labeling and label approval on September 25 at 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will provide an overview of the generic labeling regulations, including additional information related to the Label Submission and Approval System (LSAS). The webinar also will include a discussion on the steps establishments may take to streamline the label approval process.

To access the webinar, go to https://fsis-usda.webex.com/join/rosalyn.murphy-jenkins and follow the on-screen instructions. Use the following information when logging in: Meeting Number: 888-844-9904 Code: 2956126. For questions, contact Gianfranco Santaliz at 301-504-0878 or gianfranco.santaliz@usda.gov .

FSIS Posts Updated Dataset on Imports

On September 16, 2019, FSIS will update the publicly posted dataset on import refusals for products regulated by the agency. Federal law requires every commercial shipment of imported meat, poultry, and egg products to be inspected prior to product entering U.S. commerce. FSIS inspects each shipment to verify labeling, proper certification, general condition, any signs of tampering and to identify product adulterated by transportation damage.  FSIS also performs additional activities on a random and/or for-cause basis such as physical product examination and laboratory sampling for pathogens and chemical residues.

Any product that does not meet FSIS requirements is refused entry, and the importer has up to 45 days (30 days for egg products) to have the product destroyed for use as human food, re-exported/returned to the foreign country, converted to animal food, or brought into compliance with FSIS requirements, if applicable (e.g. relabeled, remarked, replacement certificate).

This dataset is updated around the 15th of each month and contains each shipment with product that was refused entry. For more information, please visit https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/data-collection-and-reports/data .

Export Requirements Updates

The Library of Export Requirements has been updated for products for the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Barbados
  • Canada 
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • European Union
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Mexico
  • New Caledonia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

Complete information can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/exporting-products

Policy Updates 

FSIS notices and directives on public health and regulatory issues are available at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations. The following policy updates were recently issued:

FSIS Notice 31-19 - End of the Year Performance Management Instructions

FSIS Notice 32-19Eligibility of Australia to Export Raw Pork to the United State

FSIS Directive 4630.5Leave Bank Program

Docket No. FSIS-2019-0021Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection: Specified Risk Materials