USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will be making important nutritional information readily available to consumers on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products. Under a new rule, packages of ground or chopped meat and poultry will feature nutrition facts panels on their labels. Additionally, whole, raw cuts of meat and poultry will also have nutrition facts panels either on their package labels or available for consumers at the point-of-purchase.
The nutrition facts panels will include the number of calories and the grams of total fat and saturated fat a product contains. Additionally, any product that lists a lean percentage statement, such as “76 percent lean,” on its label also will list its fat percentage. According to USDA, the panels should provide consumers with sufficient information at the store to assess the nutrient content of the major cuts, enabling them to select meat and poultry products that fit into a healthy diet that meets their family’s or their individual needs.
In making the announcement, Agriculture Tom Vilsack said – we need to do all we can to provide nutrition labels that will help consumers make informed decisions. USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services provide Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years, and now consumers will have another tool to help them follow these guidelines.