The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released guidance on meal kits requiring inspection by the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The guidance indicates that meal kits do not require assembly subject to FSIS inspection if (i) the “meat or poultry component is prepared and separately packaged under FSIS inspection and labeled with all required features”; (ii) the “outer kit label identifies all of the individual components in the kit”; and (iii) the “outer kit label clearly identifies the product as a single unit or ‘kit,’ such as ‘Chicken BBQ Dinner Kit’ and ‘Beef Lasagna Meal.'”

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