Meat Inspection Labeling
The Federal Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection Act give the Ohio Meat Inspection Program the authority to regulate meat and poultry product labeling. Labels that do not qualify for generic approval are required to be submitted to the Division of Meat Inspection Central Office for sketch approval.
Mandatory Labeling Features
The following mandatory features are required to be located on the principle display panel (PDP) of the label:
- Product Name
- Handling Statement
- Legend / Establishment Number
- Net Weight Statement
- Mandatory for retail sale products.
- Random weight retail products can have statement on application "net weight applied prior to retail sale" instead of net weight statement.
The following mandatory features can be displayed on the PDP or the Information Panel:
- Ingredients Statement
- Signature Line
- Nutrition Facts
The following mandatory features can be displayed anywhere on the product label:
- Safe Handling Instructions
Labels Requiring Submission to DMI Central Office
The following label types are required to be submitted to the Division of Meat Inspection Central Office for prior approval:
- Products formulated at the establishment, with two or more ingredients, that contain 2% or more raw meat or poultry or 3% or more cooked meat or poultry.
- Any product label that includes or implies a special claim, for example:
- Nutrient Content Claims
- Animal Raising or Production Claims
- Breed Claims
- Other marketing claims
- Note: if a claim that is not on the label is being used in promotional, website, or other point of purchase material, prior label approval is still required.