Food Labeling Fact Sheets
Additives in Meat and Poultry Products | PDF
This fact sheet contains information regarding the food additive approval process and a glossary of additive terms you may see on a meat or poultry product label.
Food Product Dating | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Are dates required on food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date? Here is some background information which answers these and other questions about product dating.
How to Find the USDA Establishment (EST) Number on Food Packaging | PDF
USDA-inspected products must be labeled with a USDA mark of inspection and the establishment number, which is assigned to the plant where the product was produced.
Meat & Poultry Labeling Terms | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
This fact sheet features a glossary of meat and poultry labeling terms. Knowing the meaning of labeling terms can make purchasing of meat and poultry products less confusing.
Natural Flavorings on Meat & Poultry Labels | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline answers some of its most common questions about the natural flavorings listed on meat and poultry labels.
Safety of Transglutaminase Enzyme (TG enzyme)
Transglutaminase is an enzyme approved for use as a binder to form smaller cuts of meat into a larger serving of meat.