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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to amend labeling regulations to remove duplicative net-weight and net-content requirements for packages that contain certain amounts of meat or poultry products. The proposed regulation would apply to products that are at least 1 pound or 1 pint, but less than 4 pounds or 1 gallon.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing the action after receiving a petition submitted by a small meat processor in response to USDA’s request for ideas to better serve its customers.

Under the proposed rule, establishments that produce meat and poultry products in packages containing 1 pound or 1 pint, and less than 4 pounds or 1 gallon, will be allowed to express the weight or contents in one unit of measurement on the product label, instead of using both measures.

Establishments would be allowed to use their current labels until they run out or may elect to use them indefinitely. Visit www.fsis.usda.gov for more information.