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Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Tolerances and Prohibitions Applicable to Ground Beef [2 VAC 5 ‑ 590]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description A regulation that establishes maximum amounts of fat and prohibits the addition of water and extenders to ground beef products.
State Authority Sections 3.2-5101 and 3.2-5121 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. The protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

2. The ensuring that the consumers purchasing a ground beef product are offered a product that contains no more than the maximum allowable fat content.

3. The ensuring that ground beef products marketed in Virginia are accurately represented to the consumer.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Ryan Davis  / Program Manager, Office of Dairy and Foods
Address: P. O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-8910    FAX: (804)371-7792    TDD: (800)828-1120
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Past Periodic Reviews
Date Filed Status
7/15/2014 Retain As Is
9/24/2007 Retain As Is
11/8/1999 Retain As Is