New Nutrition Labels on Meat
Starting today, the same nutritional information we find on the foods on our grocery store shelves will also be on most meats at the meat counter.
John Lisk has more in Your Health Report...
The next time you shop for meat at the grocery store, you can expect to see something new: nutrition labels. The same types of labels you already see on other foods we buy.
Important things like calories, protein, fat content, saturated fat, sodium, all those key pieces of information that people look at when they're making choices about nutrition and meal planning.
Since 1993 nutrition labels have been voluntary for many meat products. Now the USDA is making them mandatory.
Here is a list of the types of raw meats and poultry that will now either carry nutrition labels on the packaging or have it readily available at the meat counter. All ground meat and poultry and about 40 of the most popular cuts of meat like chicken breasts, steaks, pork chops, roasts, things like that.
If you don't see the information on the front of the package, turn it over to look on the back. Some of the bigger cuts will only have the information listed on signs or posters near or above the meat counter.
The requirement is that it be accessible, that it be visible and that it be accurate for the consumer.
Meat products that have additional seasonings, flavorings or marinades already come with nutritional information, now meats without added ingredients will as well.
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