Labeling Laws : How to fulfill animal product labeling requirements in Kansas
By Joanna Voigt
According to Kansas Weights and Measures Law, every food in package form must be labeled. The term “package” means any commodity put up or packaged in any manner in advance of sale in units suitable for either wholesale or retail sale. [K.S.A. 83-201(h)]
Since most, if not all, animal products are sold in some kind of packaging, the labeling requirement spelled out in the Weights and Measures Law is relevant to direct market farmers who sell animal products. The requirements for what must be included on a label can seem quite complicated at first glance. In order to make the labeling process less confusing, we have outlined the requirements for Kansas producers of eggs, meat, poultry, dairy products, fish, and honey below, and included links to further details. Producers must comply with both state and federal regulations and the requirements vary depending on the product, production scale, and point of sale or end consumer. Sometimes a producer will want to include additional information on their label, such as a statement about how the animal was raised, or a how a particular farming practice was utilized. These statements are referred to as label claims and are also regulated by state and federal agencies.
For a clear guide to understanding how to fulfill both Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) labeling requirements for the following:
• Meat and poultry,
• Dairy products,
• Fish and other aquaculture products, and
• Honey and other hive products,
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