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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AD45 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Descriptive Designation for Needle- or Blade-Tenderized (Mechanically Tenderized) Beef Products 
Abstract: FSIS has proposed regulations to require the use of the descriptive designation "mechanically tenderized" on the labels of raw or partially cooked needle- or blade-tenderized beef products, including beef products injected with marinade or solution, unless such products are destined to be fully cooked at an official establishment. Beef products that have been needle- or blade-tenderized are referred to as "mechanically tenderized" products. This rule would require that the product name for such beef products include the descriptive designation "mechanically tenderized," and an accurate description of the beef component. The rule would also require that the print for all words in the descriptive designation as the product name appear in the same style, color, and size, and on a single-color contrasting background. In addition, this rule would require that labels of raw and partially-cooked needle- or blade-tenderized beef products destined for household consumers, hotels, restaurants, or similar institutions include validated cooking instructions stating that these products need to be cooked to a specified minimum internal temperature, and whether they need to be held at that minimum internal temperature for a specified time before consumption, i.e., dwell time or rest time, to ensure that they are thoroughly cooked. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 317.2(e)(3)   
Legal Authority: 21 USC 601 to 695   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/10/2013  78 FR 34589   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/09/2013 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  08/09/2013  78 FR 48631   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  12/03/2013  78 FR 72597   
Final Action  09/00/2014 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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