USDA Announces Intent to Update Rules Concerning Meat Labeling Requirements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its intent to collect information to help gauge consumer awareness and understanding of current “Product of USA” labeling claims on beef and pork products, as well as customer understanding of other USDA labeling on meat products. Following the information collection, FSIS intends to initiate rulemaking to clarify requirements for certain labeling terms used on meat products. The agency is accepting public comments on its proposed information collection through April 4, 2022. In January 2022, Senate Bill 3439 was introduced seeking to eliminate the “Product of the U.S.A.” label and instead “establish, and allow for the voluntary use of” three more specific labels: “Processed in the U.S.A.,” “Raised and Processed in the U.S.A.,” and “Born, Raised, and Processed in the U.S.A.”