The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the agency within the USDA responsible for the safety, labeling and packaging of the nation’s meat, poultry, and egg products. In late May 2012, it launched a new web-based label approval system to streamline the review process for meat, poultry, and egg product labels. Known as the “Label Submission Approval System (LSAS),” the web-based system will allow food manufacturers to submit label applications electronically, flag application submission errors, and will allow users to track the progress of their submission.
FSIS receives 150 to 200 label submissions daily, and it can take more than three weeks for a label to be reviewed. According to the USDA, the new web-based system will make approved or corrected labels immediately available to companies, saving time and mailing costs. The system also will allow companies to store labels and make changes electronically, removing the need to print and re-submit modified labels for review to FSIS each time a change is made.
More information about LSAS is available on the FSIS’ website here.