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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AD60 Publication ID: Fall 2015 
Title: ●Classes of Poultry 

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed to amend the definition and standard of identity for the roaster or roasting chicken poultry class to better reflect the characteristics of roaster chickens in the market today. Roasters or roasting chickens are described in terms of the age and ready-to-cook (RTC) carcass weight of the bird. Genetic changes and management techniques have continued to reduce the grow-out period and increased the RTC weight for this poultry class. Therefore, FSIS proposed to amend the roaster definition to remove the 8-week minimum age criterion and increase the RTC carcass weight from 5 pounds to 5.5 pounds. This action is being taken in response to a petition submitted by the National Chicken Council.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 381.170 (a) (1) (iii)   
Legal Authority: Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) (21 U.S.C. 457 (b))   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/19/2015  80 FR 50228   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/19/2015 
Final Action  06/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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