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Controls Over Meat, Poultry, and Egg Product Labels

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Food Safety and Inspection Service
OIG evaluated FSIS’ controls over meat, poultry, and egg product labels to ensure FSIS’ approval of labels was accurate and supported.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)


For the nine labels with insufficient supporting documentation, LPDS [Labeling and Program Delivery Staff] should review these labels and update LSAS [Labeling Submission and Approval System] to annotate the agency’s position for approving the label application.

LPDS should develop internal standard operating procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory labeling requirements through the label approval process.

LPDS should develop and implement a process or procedure to review a sample of approved labels on a periodic basis to ensure LPDS staff adhere to the label approval process.

LPDS should enhance its outreach efforts to establishments to ensure they are aware of all applicable mandatory labeling features for generic labels.

Ensure that FSIS Directive 7221.1, Rev. 1 reflects the requirement in 9 C.F.R. § 412.2 (a)(2) that IPP verify that some generically approved labels in the establishment’s labeling records contain the mandatory eight features. When IPP find noncompliance, they should document noncompliance and require establishments take appropriate corrective actions.