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FSIS Proposes Changes to Net Weight/Net Contents for Some Meat and Poultry Packages

  • In a proposed rule published on April 17, 2019, FSIS proposes to amend its labeling regulations to remove provisions that require packages of meat or poultry products that contain at least one pound or one pint, but less than four pounds or one gallon, to express the net weight or net contents in two different units of measurement on the product label. 84 FR 15989.

  • Currently, under 9 CFR 317.2(h)(5) and 381.121(c)(5), dual declaration is required to express the net weight in ounces and immediately thereafter in parentheses in pounds, with any remainder in terms of ounces or common or decimal fraction of the pound (e.g., “Net Wt. 24 oz. (1 lb. 8 oz.), “Net Wt. 24 oz. (1.5 lbs.)” or “Net Wt. 24 oz. (1 1/2 lb.)”). The proposed rule would eliminate all of the provisions in 9 CFR 317.2(h) and 381.121(c) that require or cross-reference dual net weight or content statements, requiring only one unit of measurement on the product label.

  • Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before June 17, 2019.

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