Wednesday, when we highlighted that USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service was issuing new food label rules for meat, we noted there would be exceptions. The rules, published in Wednesday's Federal Register includes some exemptions for smaller meat producers, meat for export and others.
Ground or chopped products made by business that already quality for small business exemptions will be exempt from this new labeling provision when it takes effect on Jan 1, 2012. The new rule would also not apply to cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products in specific circumstances.
For example, if the major cut were intended for further processing, they would be exempt from the new rule. Another exemption would eliminate the need for labels on individually wrapped, small packages of less than a half-ounce net weight.
The meat industry is analyzing the new rules that will impact every consumer. You can check out the complete rule by visiting Labeling Rules online.