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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AD45 Publication ID: Fall 2011 
Title: Common or Usual Name for Blade or Needle Mechanically Tenderized Meat and Poultry Products 
Abstract: The Agency will propose that raw, needle or blade, mechanically tenderized, meat and poultry products be labeled to indicate that they are "mechanically tenderized." In addition, FSIS will propose that labels of raw mechanically tenderized product include cooking instructions that have been validated to ensure adequate pathogen destruction. The new labeling requirements would apply to consumer ready product, product going to food service facilities, and product going to other Federal establishments for further processing. For mechanically tenderized products that receive a full lethality (e.g., are thoroughly cooked) in a Federal establishment, FSIS will propose that the product continue to be labeled as "mechanically tenderized." However, the Agency will propose that fully cooked, ready-to-eat mechanically tenderized products need not bear cooking instructions on the label. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 317.8    9 CFR 381.129   
Legal Authority: 21 USC 453 and 21 USC 601   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2012    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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