USDA MAKES FINAL DECISION ON 'FRESH' POULTRY LABELING

WASHINGTON -- A debate on the labeling of fresh and frozen poultry ended last week as the United States Department of Agriculture ruled that only birds chilled between 26 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit may be labeled "fresh."Previously, the Food Safety Inspection Service policy permitted raw poultry to be labeled "fresh" provided its internal temperature was between zero and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and

WASHINGTON -- A debate on the labeling of fresh and frozen poultry ended last week as the United States Department of Agriculture ruled that only birds chilled between 26 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit may be labeled "fresh."

Previously, the Food Safety Inspection Service policy permitted raw poultry to be labeled "fresh" provided its internal temperature was between zero and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and only if it had never been kept below zero degrees. The new ruling could limit the amount

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