Prime Label's Monthly e-Newsletter

June 2015



Dear Colleague,


Welcome to summer, and June's Label Alert ... start the new season with the latest industry news. And continuing our efforts to help industry comply with USDA's new Generic Rule, PLC is offering 10% off its powerful and feature-rich EZ Form software with Nutrition Navigator. Happy reading!




FSIS Finalizes Rule to Require Labeling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef Products


On May 13, 2015, FSIS announced new labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been mechanically tenderized. These new requirements will become effective in May 2016. 

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World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat


Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of red meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

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USDA Process Verification Program Provides Non-GMO Certification Alternative


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Process Verification Program could provide an avenue for firms to certify the veracity of non-GMO claims without indirectly suggesting that genetic engineering is undesirable or unsafe. 

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Obama Administration Near Ban On Trans-Fat: Report


The Obama administration is expected to all but ban trans fat in a final ruling that could drop as soon as next week, killing most uses of an ingredient that has been put in everything from frozen pizza to Reese's Pieces but since deemed harmful to human health.

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House Ag Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Country of Origin Labeling


The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2393, a bill ... that will effectively repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken, while leaving intact the requirements for all other covered commodities.

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Procedures for Including a "Non-Genetically Engineered" Statement on Organic Meat and Poultry Products


For meat or poultry products that are certified to the USDA organic regulations at 7 CFR part 205, an establishment may add a statement to the label of such a product about the non-use of genetically engineered ingredients or genetically engineered feed ... using the following procedures ....

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