USDA requires nutrition info on raw meat
January 3, 2011
The most popular raw meat and poultry products will soon have nutritional information in the Nutrition Facts format used on processed food packaging. As of the first of the year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires the 40 most popular raw meats to furnish the information, including calories, total fat and saturated fat. Nutrition Facts have been required on most processed food packages since 1992, but the rule only applied to foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. USDA had tried to encourage meat packagers to do voluntary nutrition labeling but found few takers. The new regulation applies to all single-ingredient whole-muscle, chopped and ground meat products. The information must appear either on the packaging or at the point of purchase.