Some meat items to feature nutrition labels

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — Starting Jan. 1, 2012, 40 single ingredient cuts and varieties of meat and poultry will feature Nutrition Facts Panels, according to a new regulation issued Dec. 29 by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The panels will include the number of calories and grams of total fat and saturated fat each product contains. In addition, any product that lists a lean percentage statement will also list its fat percentage so it is easier for consumers to understand the amount of lean protein and fat in the product.

“More and more, busy American families want nutrition information that they can quickly and easily understand,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “We need to do all we can to provide nutrition labels that will help consumers make informed decisions. The U.S.D.A. and the Department of Health and Human Services work hard to provide the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years, and now consumers will have another tool to help them follow these guidelines.”

Some of the cuts of meat and poultry the new nutrition panels will appear on include whole or boneless chicken breasts and parts, and beef whole cuts such as brisket or tenderloin steak. Some of the ground or chopped items that will feature the nutrition information include hamburger and ground turkey.

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