specialized meat processing variance

Asked February 19, 2015, 6:48 PM EST

Is a specialized meat processing variance needed ? Some of our recipes have celery powder for flavor .

Bay County Michigan

1 Response

A specialized meat processing variance is not needed for adding celery powder. But a product that has celery powder added and no nitrate/nitrite added would be considered a cooked and/or uncured product and be limited to a 7 day shelf life. If this product is being vacuum packaged, a Reduced Oxygen Package (ROP) variance would still be needed.

Your area inspector can also help answer questions related to your specific need of a variance because they are more familiar with your operation and processing.

I hope this information is helpful.