'Meat' Definition Comment Period Extended
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is extending the comment period for a petition submitted by the U.S. Cattlemen's Association (USCA) requesting that FSIS exclude products not derived directly from animals that have been raised and slaughtered from the definition of "beef" and "meat."
The petition, which is dated Feb. 9, 2018, was posted on the FSIS petitions webpage on Feb. 16, 2017. The petition is available here.
FSIS' regulations permit interested persons to submit comments on petitions filed with the Agency and provide for posting these comments on the FSIS website. The regulations also state that comments on a petition should be submitted within 60 days of the posting date of the petition.
The comment period for the USCA petition was scheduled to close on April 17, 2018. However, the petition has generated significant interest from stakeholders and on April 10, FSIS received a request to extend the comment period. Therefore, FSIS is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days.
In addition, to facilitate submission and public posting of comments on the petition, interested persons may submit comments online via the federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov. Comments on the petition should be submitted by May 17, 2018.
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