Health Canada has announced the implementation of new rules requiring mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) products to be labeled as such. Effective August 21, 2014, the mandatory labeling requirements—which previously applied only to federally registered producers of MTB cuts—now cover “all industry sectors selling uncooked MTB to other industry members or consumers,” including retailers, butcher shops, meat processors, and importers. Under the new rules, the labels must also include instructions for safe cooking that “emphasize the importance of cooking MTB to a minimum internal temperature of 63°C (145°F) and turning over mechanically tenderized steaks at least twice during cooking to kill harmful bacteria.”

“Without clear labels, it is difficult for consumers to know which beef products have been mechanically tenderized,” said Minister of Health Rona Ambrose in an August 21, 2014, press release. “Today’s announcement, along with new industry labelling guidelines we have released, will help Canadians know when they are buying these products and how to cook them. This regulatory change is another step in our government’s commitment to make certain that consumers have the food safety information they need.”