FSIS announced that the agency is delaying the effective date of the final rule that will require nutrition labelling of the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products and ground or chopped meat and poultry products.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The original effective date of the final rule was Jan. 1, 2012, but will be delayed to March 1, 2012, to ensure that industry has adequate time to comply with the requirements of the final rule, according to the agency, which is expected to publish a notice in the Federal Register soon.
The announcement was made after a coalition representing food, agriculture and retail associations asked for more time to implement the new required nutrition labels. The coalition includes the American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and the National Turkey Federation.
The coalition has said that the delay will allow processors and retailers to obtain software and scales necessary to properly label products.
The announcement comes just three weeks after the FDA and USDA recommended that food companies be allowed to include just four items on front-of-package labelling for value-added products.
Source: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)