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USDA Intends to Re-Establish Meat and Poultry Inspection Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published notice of its intent to re-establish its National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection for a period of two years. The committee’s purpose is to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on state and federal meat and poultry programs and other matters that fall within the scope of the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

FSIS Announces Virtual Meeting of National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

The Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced a virtual meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). At the meeting, “FSIS will present two sets of charges to the Committee: (1) To consider how FSIS should clarify the Agency’s positions on the custom and retail exemptions to ensure that meat, poultry, and egg products produced under the exemptions are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged and (2) to consider actions FSIS should take to prevent and reduce illnesses associated with the handling or consumption of frozen, raw, stuffed not ready-to-eat (NRTE) poultry products, which may be breaded and par-fried and may appear ready-to-eat (RTE) to consumers.” The meeting will take place on September 27 and 28.

Congress Considers Allowing Interstate Internet Sales of Some State-Inspected Animal Products

House Bill 547 proposes to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to allow some retail and restaurant establishments to sell over the internet and ship state-inspected meat and poultry products directly to household consumers.

Appellate Court Affirms Ruling that Consumers Cannot Challenge Misleading Meat Labeling Prescribed by Federal Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against Tyson Foods, Cargill Meat Solutions, JBS USA Food Company, and National Beef Packing Company in connection with the broad use of the “product of the U.S.” labels, ruling that consumers cannot sue meat manufacturers for misleading labels if the labels are approved by the federal government. The court concluded that such deceptive labeling claims are “expressly preempted by federal law.” The Bona Fide Beef Branding Act of 2022 is currently pending in Congress and would eliminate the “product of the U.S.” label and allow producers to utilize more specific labeling relating to country of origin.