Thursday, December 30, 2010

Just in from Capitol Hill

New Meat-Labeling Rule Slated For 2012

Washington--Beginning in 2012, more information about meat purchased by consumers will appear on package labels. The Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service published its final rule “Nutrition Labeling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products” in the Federal Register today. The rule has been 10 years in the making.

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 3.57 grams of fat per 100-gram serving, a serving of beef eye of round has 166 calories with 4.87 grams of total fat and pork tenderloin provide 143 calories and 3.51 grams of fat per 100-gram serving.

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