The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has extended the comment period for a proposed rule that would require “mechanically tenderized” labeling for raw or partially cooked needle- or blade-tenderized beef products, “including beef products injected with marinade or solution.” According to FSIS, the rule would also require the labels of mechanically tenderized beef products destined for consumers, hotels, restaurants, or similar establishments to include “validated cooking instructions” to ensure safe handling and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Acting at the request of two trade associations, the agency will now accept comments on the new labeling scheme until October 8, 2013. Additional details about the proposed rule appear in Issue 486 of this Update. See Federal Register, August 9, 2013.