New Meat-Labeling Rule Slated For 2012
Under the new rule, labels are required on meat packaging or at the point of purchase for major cuts of single ingredient, raw meat and poultry products. The rule also requires nutrition labels on all ground or chopped meat and poultry products unless the products are exempted.
In an article in USA Today, the reporter pointed to a label for 73 percent lean ground beef, noting a single serving has 60 percent of suggested daily intake of fat. However, the American Meat Institute points out that consumers will also have the opportunity to learn from labels that meat is a lean, healthy source of protein. AMI supports the new labeling rule, noting that boneless chicken breasts have 165 calories and