FSIS proposes new definition for "Roaster" and "Roasting Chicken"

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing new information on and re-proposing the definition and standard for “roaster” and “roasting chicken.”

FSIS proposed this definition and standard in its September 29, 2003, proposed rule to amend the definitions and standards for the official U.S. classes of poultry.

FSIS has tentatively concluded that a “roaster” or “roasting chicken” should be defined as a chicken with an ready-to-cook (RTC) carcass weight of 5 pounds or more, based on recent survey information from the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS). In addition, FSIS has tentatively concluded that RTC carcass weight, instead of average live weight, is necessary in the class standard and definition so that FSIS can verify the appropriate use of the term “roaster” or “roasting chicken” on product labels.

FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this proposed rule. Comments must be received on or before August 12, 2009.

All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2007-0048. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http://www.regulations.gov/.