Top Considerations When Labeling Your Meat or Poultry Product

labeling meat poultry usda Dec 29, 2017

The regulations governing meat and poultry products are extensive and quite complicated. These regulations fall under the jurisdiction of the USDA, which is responsible for assuring that meat, poultry and egg products are safe for consumption and properly labeled and packaged.

While the laws and regulations governing labeling can seem a bit daunting, don’t let that discourage you. In my experience, the following are the most important things you’ll need to know in order to keep your label in compliance.

1. Mandatory Labeling Information

All labels should contain the following mandatory information:

  • Product name
  • Inspection legend and establishment number
  • Net weight statement
  • Ingredients statement
  • Address line
  • Handling statement
  • Safe handling instructions
  • Nutrition facts

These mandatory disclosures must be displayed on either the Principal Display Panel (PDP) or the Information Panel.

The PDP is the part of the label most likely to be seen when sitting on the...

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