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 PoliciesĀ  – includes 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)

LSAS User Guide for Industry UserĀ 

FSIS Labeling Procedures

FSIS Labeling Ingredients Guidance

FSIS Labeling Claims Guidance

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

FSIS Guidelines

Quick link to FSIS Labeling Guidelines

FSIS-GD-2017-011 FSIS Compliance Guideline for Label Approval (Updated July 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 Sept. 1, 2021)

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)

7221.1 Prior Labeling Approval- Revision 2 (June 7, 2021)

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)