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USDA: Meat and poultry products to include nutrition facts

Those familiar nutrition labels, found on products from soda to canned spinach, are coming to meat and poultry.

Under a USDA rule effective Jan. 1, 2012, important nutritional information will be made available on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products. Under the new rule, packages of ground or chopped meat and poultry will features nutrition facts panels on their labels. Whole, raw cuts of meat and poultry will also have nutrition facts panel on their package labels, or available for consumers at the point-of-purchase.

Ground or chopped meat and poultry products covered by the rule include hamburger and ground turkey. Major cuts of raw, single ingredient meat and poultry products covered include, but are not limited to, whole or boneless chicken breasts and other pieces, or whole beef cuts such as brisket or tenderloin steak.

The nutrition labels will include such information as the number of calories and the grams of total fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol a product contains. USDA said the labels will help consumers assess the nutrient content of the major cuts, enabling them to select meat and poultry that meets their family’s nutrition needs.

Mark Dopp is general counsel of the packer trade group, the American Meat Institute. He said he was “disappointed” at the 12-month implementation period, noting that the rule is a major challenge for retailers. AMI had wanted an 18-month implementation period.

Those familiar nutrition labels, found on products from soda to canned spinach, are coming to meat and poultry.

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Under a USDA rule effective Jan. 1, 2012, important nutritional information will be made available on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products. Under the new rule, packages of ground or chopped meat and poultry will features nutrition facts panels on their labels. Whole, raw cuts of meat and poultry will also have nutrition facts panel on their package labels, or available for consumers at the point-of-purchase.

Ground or chopped meat and poultry products covered by the rule include hamburger and ground turkey. Major cuts of raw, single ingredient meat and poultry products covered include, but are not limited to, whole or boneless chicken breasts and other pieces, or whole beef cuts such as brisket or tenderloin steak.

The nutrition labels will include such information as the number of calories and the grams of total fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol a product contains. USDA said the labels will help consumers assess the nutrient content of the major cuts, enabling them to select meat and poultry that meets their family’s nutrition needs.

Mark Dopp is general counsel of the packer trade group, the American Meat Institute. He said he was “disappointed” at the 12-month implementation period, noting that the rule is a major challenge for retailers. AMI had wanted an 18-month implementation period.

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