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Extension on Comment Period for Meat Products

by 5m Editor
28 January 2010, at 8:52am

US - A group representing a significant segment of the food industry recently sent a letter to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requesting the agency grant a 60-day extension to the comment period for its supplemental proposed rule on ground and single ingredient meat and poultry products, 74 Fed. Reg. 67736 (18 December 2009).

The signatories, comprised of Aerican Meat Institute, Food Marketing Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Grocers Association and National Turkey Federation, explain that they need the extension in order to fully respond to the proposal, because they “intend to conduct research, gather information from our memberships, and analyse the results and responses.”

The letter notes that the associations represent a substantial portion of the meat and poultry production and food wholesale and retail communities and they are committed to participating fully in this rulemaking.

“Nonetheless, the 60-day comment period provided for in the supplemental proposal included some of the heaviest commercial activity for our members,” they explain. “Although we have already begun collecting information from our members, it has become apparent that we will not be able to respond fully by 16 February 2010.”