Anatomy of a Meat Product Label

Feb 12, 2016

Who establishes the rules about what is required on a meat product label?

In the U.S, labeling of meat and poultry products intended for interstate commerce is closely regulated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The FSIS has strict rules regarding the content and appearance of meat or poultry product labels. These rules include everything from dating and safe handling instructions to how large a font must be. These strict labeling requirements protect consumers by providing them with the knowledge needed to make
informed purchasing decisions.

What is required on a meat product label?

All retail meat or poultry product labels must have 5 features, but can be required to have other facts and statements displayed depending on the type of product. The 5 required features are: 1.) Product Name, 2.) Official Inspection Legend with Establishment Number, 3.) Address Line, 4.) Net Weight or Quantity Statement, and 5.) Ingredient Statement.


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