ESPY CALLS FOR EXAMINATION OF FRESH POULTRY DEFINITION

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy said last week he wants the federal definition governing the use of the term "fresh" on poultry labels reexamined.The Department of Agriculture currently allows poultry to be labeled "fresh" if the meat has never been at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit.In directing the Food Safety and Inspection Service to examine the "fresh" poultry definition,

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy said last week he wants the federal definition governing the use of the term "fresh" on poultry labels reexamined.

The Department of Agriculture currently allows poultry to be labeled "fresh" if the meat has never been at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

In directing the Food Safety and Inspection Service to examine the "fresh" poultry definition, Espy said he wouldn't want any change to increase safety risks.

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