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Siluriformes Fish Import Labeling Requirements

9 CFR 557.14 and 557.15

Immediate Container*

The immediate container is the receptacle or other container that is ordinarily sold to or purchased by a consumer or any other container in which the food product is directly contained or enclosed.

  1. Name of product **
  2. Name of country of origin, preceded by the words “Product of” placed immediately under the product name
  3. Ingredients statement (if product contains two or more ingredients)
  4. Foreign establishment number*** (if a country chooses to have a foreign inspection legend, then the legend would also need to appear on the immediate container)
  5. Handling statement (e.g., “keep refrigerated” or “keep frozen”) for products that are perishable and require special handling to maintain their wholesomeness
  6. Net quantity of contents (for products sold at retail)
  7. Manufacturer’s or distributor’s name and address
  8. Nutrition labeling (if applicable, FSIS regulations provide for certain exemptions)
  9. Safe Handling Instructions (if the product is not-ready-to-eat and destined for consumers, hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions)

Shipping/Outside Container

Strictly speaking, a shipping/outside container always contains fully-labeled product inside; thus, there is not a requirement for a shipping/outside container to be labeled with all the requirements of an immediate container (see note for exception). Shipping/outside containers need to have sufficient label space for application of the USDA mark of import inspection and need to bear the following labeling features:

  1. Name of country of origin
  2. Foreign establishment number***
  3. Name of product
  4. Shipping or identification mark (a number or mark used to link the product to the foreign inspection certificate - 9 CFR 557.4)
  5. Handling statement (e.g., “keep refrigerated” or “keep frozen”) for products that are perishable and require special handling to maintain their wholesomeness

NOTE: In some cases, the immediate container is also the shipping/outside container because the product inside is not fully labeled. In this case, the outside container needs to bear all of the required features of an immediate container (items 1 – 9) and of a shipping/outside container (items 1-5), above.

* In most cases, the regulations specify exactly where the required label features must be located on the immediate container (see 9 CFR 317.2 for details).

** Labels for raw Siluriformes fish products containing added solution must include a descriptive designation (e.g., “contains 10% added solution of water, salt, phosphates……”)(9 CFR 317.2)(e)(2)).

*** The number of the foreign establishment where the product within the container was last processed (i.e., any step in the process up to and including packaging and labeling).

Last Modified Feb 27, 2018