Meat Labels and Label Claims

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Overview

Meat labels can be confusing, for producers, processors, and consumers. Officials from both the USDA/FSIS Labeling and Program Delivery Division, and Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection, and the operations manager of Organic Valley's meat division, Organic Prairie, explain the label approval process, voluntary label claims, updated requirements, and how FSIS interprets claims defined by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
Date: July 8, 2009
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenters:

  • Jeff Canavan, USDA/FSIS Labeling and Program Delivery Division, explains the role of this agency, the “prior label approval” system, and generic label approval.
    jeff.canavan@fsis.usda.gov 301 504 0873 or 301 504 0875 (beg. 7/13/09)
  • Janis Hochstetler, Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection, explains what is required on every meat or poultry product label and describes the label approval process at the state inspection level.
    janis.hochstetler@iowaagriculture.gov 515-281-8858
  • Tammie Myrick, USDA/FSIS Labeling and Program Delivery Division, explains how voluntary label claims work, recent policy changes, and the relationship between FSIS and USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service regarding label claims.
    tammie.myrick@fsis.usda.gov 301 504 0873 or 301 504 0875 (beg. 7/13/09)
  • Pam Saunders, operations and quality manager for Organic Prairie, the meat brand of Organic Valley, discusses on label claims and recent regulatory changes from her company's perspective.
    pam.saunders@organicprairie.com

Recording of the Webinar

NMPAN Page on Labeling

Jeff Canavan's Presentation Slides

Janis Hochstetler's Presentation Slides

Tammie Myrick's Presentation Slides

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.