What's New ? - 2019

What's New ? - 2019

FSIS: against meat and poultry warning labels about colorectal cancer risk

21 July, 2019

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has completed its review of the December 2016 petition submitted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), requesting that FSIS create regulations requiring warning labels on "processed" meat and poultry products. The petition proposes warning labels that advise consumers that frequent consumption of these products may increase their risk of colon and rectal cancer. 
The petition relies on scientific studies asserting links between the consumption of processed meat with increased risk of certain types of cancer.
It states that there is a low awareness among American consumers of this risk, and that the risk identified in the studies obligates the USDA to require a warning statement on processed meat and poultry product labels. After careful consideration, FSIS has decided to deny the petition without prejudice. FSIS considers these products safe to consume and not misbranded for failure to display the warning labels sought in the petition. Further, the requested warning label could be misleading in that it would fail to provide information that consumers would need to place the asserted risk in proper context.