The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) develops and provides labeling guidance, policies and inspection methods, and administers programs to protect consumers from misbranded and economically adulterated meat and poultry products which ensures that all labels are truthful and not misleading.


SMA Nutritional Labeling- SMA is offers nutritional labeling for single and multi ingredient products to members at a minimal cost. Download the Nutritional Labeling Forms and Confidentiality Agreement here.

FSIS Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book

FSIS Labeling Policies  Рincludes labeling information for generic label approval, irradiation, natural or regenerated collagen sausage casing, net weight labeling, nutrition labeling information, product dating, and standards of identity.

Label Submission and Approval System (LSAS)

FSIS Labeling Procedures

FSIS Labeling Ingredients Guidance

FSIS Labeling Claims Guidance

FSIS Guideline on Kit Product Labeling– The purpose of this guideline is to provide information on the labeling and inspection of multi-component food kits (henceforth, kit products) that contain a meat or poultry component.

Guide to Federal Food Labeling Requirements for Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products

Table of Safe & Suitable Ingredients (Updated Oct. 28, 2020)

FSIS Directives

7000.4 Verifying Certain Transferred Labeling (Dec 8, 2008)

7120.1 Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in the Production of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products (Revised Oct. 28, 2020)

7130.1 Verifying Nutrition Labeling for the Major Cuts of Single-Ingredient, Raw Meat and Poultry Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products (Jul 8, 2015)

7220.1 Food Labeling Division Policy Memoranda (Aug 2, 2005)

7221.1 Prior Labeling Approval- Revision 1 (Jan 6, 2014)

7230.1 Ongoing Verification of Product Formulation and Labeling Targeting the Eight Most Common (“BIG 8”) Food Allergens (Sep 26, 2018)

9900.5 Label Verification of Imported Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products- Revision 2 (Dec 21, 2020)

FSIS Notices

11-19 Information Regarding Instructional Labeling Statements for Raw Beef Products Shipped to Intermediary Official Establishments Prior to Delivery to an Official Establishment for Full Lethality Treatment to Address Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (Apr 30, 2019; expires May 1, 2020)

19-19 Label Verification of Imported Raw Beef Products Labeled “For Cooking Only” or “For Full Lethality Treatment” (issues Jun 19, 2019; expires Jul 1, 2020)

26-19 FSIS Sampling for Labeling Claims Verification (issues Aug 20, 2019; expires Sep 1, 2020)