The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has partially granted a petition filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) about the use of “No Nitrate or Nitrite Added” and “Uncured” on labels for “products that have been processed using any source of nitrates or nitrites.” FSIS indicated in its response letter to CSPI that it will issue a rulemaking proposing the regulation of such phrases but noted, “However, rather than requiring disclosure statements about the use of nitrate or nitrites on labels of meat and poultry products, as requested in the petition, FSIS intends to propose to amend and clarify its meat and poultry labeling regulations to establish new definitions for ‘Cured’ and ‘Uncured.’ The basis for these proposed changes would be discussed in detail in the proposed rule, which is listed in the Fall 2020 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, with a tentative publication date of May 2021.”

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