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Labeling Guidance

FSIS provides guidance, criteria and policy on labeling, claims, and nonfood-compounds. 

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Labeling Guideline on Documentation Needed to Substantiate Animal Raising Claims for Label Submissions
The purpose of this compliance guideline is to outline the documentation that establishments are required to submit in support of label applications for products that bear animal raising claims.

Allergens and Ingredients of Public Health Concern: Identification, Prevention and Control, and Declaration through Labeling
This document provides recommendations for identifying hazards when conducting a hazard analysis and to prevent and control hazards through hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) plans or Sanitation standard operating procedures (SOPs) or other prerequisite programs with respect to allergens and other ingredients of public health concern.

FSIS Compliance Guidance for Label Approval (Aug 2017)
FSIS is publishing this compliance guidance to provide 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

A Guide to Federal Food Labeling Requirements For Meat and Poultry Products (PDF Only) | Arabic | Chinese | Spanish | Vietnamese
This manual is designed to assist manufacturers, consumers, and FSIS personnel on the regulatory requirements and policies for labeling products.

Compliance Guide on the Determination of Processing Aids (Apr 8, 2008) | Arabic | Chinese | Spanish | Vietnamese
The intent of this guidance is to convey FSIS' approach to determining whether an ingredient may be considered a processing aid.

Guidance on Meaning of "Prohibited Substances" in FSIS Actions on the Use of Ingredients in Meat and Poultry Products (Apr 8, 2008) | Arabic | Chinese | Spanish | Vietnamese
FSIS provides guidance on "prohibited substances" to interested parties who wish to use new food ingredients in the manufacture of meat and poultry products.

Labeling Compliance Policy Guide on Poultry Food Product Dating (Aug 23, 2010) | Arabic | Chinese | Spanish | Vietnamese
This guide explains the appropriate use of pack dates and slaughter dates on poultry food product labels, provides clarification regarding the regulatory requirements, and addresses current practices.

Labeling Policy Guidance - Uncooked, Breaded, Boneless Poultry Products (Updated Jan 17, 2007) | Arabic | Chinese | Spanish | Vietnamese
This document provides guidance to the industry on the modifications that are necessary for the labeling of uncooked, breaded (both pre-browned and not pre-browned), boneless poultry products that also may be stuffed or filled, char-marked, or artificially colored.

Siluriformes Fish Import Labeling Requirements (9 CFR 557.14 and 557.15)

Label Application Guidance
Provides guidance on the paper submission of label applications and correspondence regarding labeling policy issues.

For additional information access Labeling Guidance

 

Additives in Meat & Poultry Products
This document provides information and guidance on the use of additives in meat and poultry products and includes a glossary of commonly used meat and poultry additives and terms.

Allergens Guidance Document
This document provides information regarding accurate product labeling including voluntary statements on labels that alert people who have sensitivities or intolerances to the presence of specific ingredients.

  • Slides: Undeclared Allergen Prevention | PDF
  • Powerpoint presentation used during Agency hosted webinars held Jan. 10, 2012 and Feb. 7, 2012, to provide guidance on addressing a recent increase of products recalled because of undeclared allergens.

FSIS Directive 7120.1 - Safe & Suitable Ingredients Used in the Production of Meat, Poultry and Egg Products
This directive provides inspection program personnel with an up-to-date list of approved substances for use in the production of meat and poultry products.

Food Ingredients & Sources of Radiation Listed or Approved for Use in the Production of Meat & Poultry Products
A Final Rule which provides for the simultaneous review, by FSIS and FDA, of requests to use food ingredients or sources of radiation in the production of meat and poultry products. This rule also combined the separate listings of food ingredients approved for use in meat and poultry products into a single table.

Guidance on Ingredients & Sources of Radiation Used to Reduce Microorganisms on Carcasses, Ground Beef, & Beef Trimmings
This document provides background information and guidance on the ingredient approval process, the different classes of approved antimicrobial agents, and the labeling of these substances.

Guidance on the Procedures for Joint Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) & Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Approval of Ingredients & Sources of Radiation Used in the Production of Meat & Poultry Products
This document is intended to provide guidance to interested parties who wish to use new food ingredients and sources of radiation or to make new use of approved food ingredients and sources of radiation in the manufacture of meat and poultry products.

Memorandum of Understanding
Between Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services Regarding the Listing or Approval of Food Ingredients and Sources of Radiation Used in the Production of Meat and Poultry Products.

Natural Flavoring on Meat & Poultry Labels
Questions and Answers concerning natural flavorings listed on meat and poultry labels.

Proprietary Mix Committee
Information memo regarding Proprietary Mix Committee (PMC) letters and proprietary ingredient mixes.

  • Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Ingredient Use & Labeling
    Letter to Proprietary Mixture Suppliers and Manufacturers which includes FAQs relating to use and labeling of ingredients, including flavorings, proprietary ingredient mixes, ingredients in standardized and non-standardized foods, and protein hydrolysates.

 

Labeling Guideline on Documentation Needed to Substantiate Animal Raising Claims for Label Submissions (Sep 2016, PDF only)
The purpose of this compliance guideline is to outline the documentation that establishments are required to submit in support of label applications for products that bear animal raising claims.

Compliance Guideline for E. coli O157:H7 Sampled and Tested Claims for Boneless Beef Manufacturing Trimmings ("Trim") (Aug 2014; PDF Only)
This document provides guidance on the use of labels bearing an FSIS sketch approved Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) sampled and tested claim on beef trim.

Compliance Guidelines for Retained Water
Guidelines designed to assist establishments in developing their data collection protocols, maintaining operational control of their process, and properly labeling their product.

Fresh, "Not Frozen" and Similar Terms When Labeling Meat and Poultry Products
Information on Fresh, "Not Frozen" and Similar Terms when labeling meat and poultry products.

 

Procedures for Including a “Non-Genetically Engineered” Statement on the Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products that Qualify as USDA Organic
This document provides information on the procedures for including a “Non-Genetically Engineered” statement on the labeling of meat and poultry products that qualify as USDA organic.

Using the Claim"Certified Organic By....."
Information on usage of the claim "Certified Organic By..." on meat and poultry product labeling.

FSIS Responses to Questions From the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
Questions and answers regarding organic meat and poultry products labeling

Labeling Packaged Products 
Labeling packaged products under the National Organic Standards.

Labeling and Marketing Information
Labeling and marketing information under the National Organic Program

Accredited Certifying Agents 
Listing of accredited certifying agents under the National Organic Program.

 

Compounds Used for Construction and Repair in Federally Inspected Meat and Poultry Plants 
This document provides guidance on direct and incidental food contact.

Criteria Used for Evaluating Nonfood Compounds and Proprietary Substances 
FSIS guidance on the criteria used by the former Compounds and Packaging Branch for evaluating nonfood compounds and proprietary substances.

Guidance for Shell Egg Cleaners and Sanitizers 
FDA has provided FSIS with some general guidelines for companies inquiring about chemicals acceptable for use in formulating products for cleaning and destaining shell eggs.

Third Party Authorities 
FSIS clarifies it's position on third-party certification organizations.

Sanitation Performance Standards Compliance Guide 
FSIS presents or references methods already proven to be effective in maintaining sanitary conditions in meat and poultry establishment

 

Last Modified Nov 01, 2018