The regulations specify the exact wording that must be used.

Heading. The safe-handling information must be presented on the label under the heading "Safe Handling Instructions."

Rationale Statement. "This produce was prepared from inspected and passed meat and/or poultry. Some food products may contain bacteria that could cause illness if the product is mishandled or cooked improperly. For your protection, follow these safe handling instructions."

Safe Handling Statements. "Keep refrigerated or frozen. Thaw in refrigerator or microwave." Any portion of this statement that is in conflict with the product's specific handling instructions may be omitted (eg, instructions to cook without thawing).

"Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Wash working surfaces (including cutting boards), utensils, and hands after touching raw meat or poultry."

Table 9. Safe-Handling Instructions Model

Design elements Set off by border

Prominent location, visible at point of purchase Graphic illustrations next to safe-handling statements Type no smaller than 1/16 in, except heading, which must be larger

One-color printing on single-color, contrasting background

"Cook thoroughly."

"Keep hot foods hot. Refrigerate leftovers immediately or discard.

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