Current through Register Vol.. 38, No. 17, April 11, 2022
Qualifying terms. No qualifying terms
pertaining to product names, quality, or fat content of ground beef, other than
those permitted by this chapter or applicable federal regulations, shall be
used in the advertisement or labeling of ground beef products, unless a placard
is displayed in reasonable proximity to the display which clearly states:
1. The name of the product;
2. Clarification of any qualifying term which
is not self-evident; and
statement of the maximum fat content of the product. Terms such as "lean,"
"extra lean," "super lean" and "premium" are examples of "qualifying
B. Primal cuts.
Ground beef sold or offered for sale by the name of a primal cut such as
"ground chuck," "ground round," "chopped sirloin" or similar terms, shall be
composed of meat exclusively from that part of the animal carcass.
C. Display placard. The display placard shall
contain the name of the product and the statement "Does Not Exceed . . . . Per
Cent Fat," the blank being filled in with the maximum per cent of fat by
weight. The placard statement shall be in block letters no less than one-half
inch in size. However, placard labeling shall not be required when the package
label includes the information specified in this chapter.
D. Use of terms optional. This chapter shall
not be interpreted to require any processor or retailer to use any term other
than "chopped beef," "ground beef," or "hamburger". If a processor or retailer
elects to use qualifying terms, he shall determine and declare by label or
placard the maximum percentage of fat in the product which can be maintained by
customary operating procedure. The processing margin between the intended fat
content and the declared maximum fat content of the product shall be determined
by the processor or retailer.
Samples and analyses. Upon analysis by official AOAC methods of random samples
collected by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from display,
a variation of not more than 3.0% in excess of the declared maximum shall be
considered as meeting the declared maximum. Random samples shall consist of one
package from display for each 10 packages or fractions thereof on