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AMI SAYS COURT DECISION TO BLOCK SAFE HANDLING LABELS AFFIRMS THE FACT THAT USDA'S RULE MAKING HAS BEEN COSTLY AND CONFUSING

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Meat Institute (AMI) today said that a U.S. district court's preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of safe handling labels affirmed AMI's view that USDA's rule making procedures violated the Administrative Procedures Act and have resulted in needless costs and confusion.
 "Although we have protested USDA's needlessly costly and confusing process, we have never disputed providing consumers with safe handling information for all foods," said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle.
 Boyle said that although the judge blocked the rule just hours before the Oct. 15 deadline, the industry had geared up to comply and some companies had already begun including safe handling infoi?on in product shipments. In fact, many meat and poultry products already carry voluntary care and handling statements. Boyle predicted that consumers, retailers and restaurants will continue to see voluntary safe food handing information today and in the future.
 "This ruling will give the USDA the opportunity to go back to the drawing board and utilize fair procedures of notice and comment before proposing or enacting other regulations," Boyle said.
 "The fact is that millions of safe handling labels are already in the pipeline, and a judge's rule hours before a deadline cannot `turn off the faucet' that quickly," Boyle said. "This industry took the safe handling rule seriously and made an enormous investment to attempt to comply with the rule despite the short time frame for implementation and the confusions surrounding the rule's specific requirements."
 AMI, a national trade association, represents the interests of packers and processors of meat and other animal protein products. Headquartered in Washington, the institute provides legislative, regulatory and public relations services, conducts scientific and economic research, offers marketing and technical assistance and sponsors education programs.
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 /CONTACT: Sara Clarke or Janet Riley of the American Meat Institute, 703-841-2400/


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