In January 2014, the FSIS has published Directive 7221.1 which cancels and replaces FSIS Directive 7221.1 amend. 1., Prior Labeling Approval, dated 08/19/1996. FSIS is reissuing this directive because the final rule “Prior Label Approval System: Generic Label Approval,” effective January 6th, 2014, expands generic label approval:
- Generic label approval criteria have been expanded and are in 9 CFR 412.
- Any label that does not require evaluation by the Labeling and Program Delivery Staff (LPDS) as described in 9 CFR 412 is generically approved by FSIS without evaluation if the label displays all mandatory label features in compliance with applicable Federal regulations.
- IPP are to verify establishments receive necessary label approval and compliance with labeling requirements through the General Labeling task in PHIS.
Mandatory labeling features are: product name, safe handling statement, ingredients statement, the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer or distributor, net weight, legend, safe handling instructions, and nutrition labeling.