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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AC60 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Nutrition Labeling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products 
Abstract: FSIS has proposed to amend the Federal meat and poultry products inspection regulations to require nutrition labeling for the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products, either on their label or at their point-of-purchase, unless an exemption applies. FSIS also proposed to require nutrition information on the label of ground or chopped meat and poultry products, unless an exemption applies. The requirements for ground or chopped products will be consistent with those for multi-ingredient products. FSIS also proposed to amend the nutrition labeling regulations to provide that when a ground or chopped product does not meet the regulatory criteria to be labeled "low fat," a lean percentage claim may be included on the label or in labeling, as long as a statement of the fat percentage also is displayed on the label or in labeling. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 317; 9 CFR 381 
Legal Authority: 21 USC 601 et seq; 21 USC 451 et seq 
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: The Agency will require that nutrition information be provided for the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products, either on their label or at their point of purchase, because during the most recent surveys of retailer, the Agency did not find significant participation in the voluntary nutrition labeling program for single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products. Ground or chopped products are similar to multi-ingredient products. This rule is necessary so that consumers can have the information they need to construct healthy diets.

Summary of the Legal Basis: This action is authorized under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601 to 695) and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 451 to 470).

Alternatives: No action; nutrition labels required on all single-ingredient, raw products (major cuts and non-major cuts) and all ground or chopped products; nutrition labels required on all major cuts of single-ingredient, raw products (but not non-major cuts) and all ground or chopped products; nutrition information at the point of purchase required for all single-ingredient, raw products (major and non-major cuts) and for all ground or chopped products.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Cost will include the equipment for making labels, labor, and materials used for labels for ground or chopped products. The cost of providing nutrition labeling for the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products should not be significant, because retail establishments would have the option of providing nutrition information through point-of-purchase materials. Benefits of the nutrition labeling rule would result consumers modify their diets in response to new nutrition information concerning ground or chopped products and the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw products. Reductions in consumption of fat and cholesterol are associated with reduced incidence of cancer and coronary heart disease. FSIS has concluded that the quantitative benefits will exceed the quantitative costs of the supplemental proposed rule. FSIS estimates that the annualized benefits of the proposed rule will range from approximately $185.6 to $230.8 million, using a 7 percent discount rate over 20 years. FSIS estimates that the annualized costs will range from approximately $26.7 to $44.8 million, using a 7 percent discount rate over 20 years.

Risks: None.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/18/2001  66 FR 4970 
NPRM Comment Period End  04/18/2001   
Extension of Comment Period  04/20/2001  66 FR 20213 
NPRM Comment Period End  07/17/2001   
Supplemental Proposed Rule  12/18/2009  74 FR 67736 
Supplemental Proposed Rule Comment Period End  02/16/2010   
Final Action  12/00/2010   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rosalyn Murphy-Jenkins
Director, Labeling and Program Delivery Staff (LPDS)
Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Office of Policy and Program Development, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 8-148, Mailstop 5273,
Washington, DC 20250-5273
Phone:301 504-0879
Fax:202 245-4792
Email: rosalyn.murphy-jenkins@fsis.usda.gov

 
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