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Public meeting: use of animal raising claims

The USDA's FSIS has announced a public meeting to initiate a public process to review its policies on the use of animal raising claims in the labelling of meat and poultry products.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, 14 Oct, 2008, from 8:30am - 12:30pm at L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, D.C. 20024. FSIS and the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host the public meeting to discuss the issue and solicit public comments.

The agenda and other related will be available prior to the meeting on the FSIS website.

FSIS approves animal raising claims in the labelling of meat and poultry products if the animal production information submitted with the label application supports the claims being made and the claim is truthful and not misleading. Recent events concerning labelling claims related to the use of antibiotics in the raising of poultry illustrate the complex issues associated with such claims and led FSIS to review its policies on related claims.

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