USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a final rule amending nutrition labeling regulations. The final rule will permit nutrient content claims on the labeling of multi-serve “meal-type” meat and poultry products. Previously, FSIS only allowed nutrient claims on single serve meat and poultry products.
The final rule adopts the definitions of “meal-type” and “main-dish” products used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration. As a result, nutrient content claims will be based on 100 grams of product instead of the serving size.
The amended nutrition labels will provide consumers with consistent nutrient content claim information and allow them to make valid comparisons among food product categories.
FSIS will define “meal-type” and “main-dish” products as containing not less than three 40-gram portions of food from at least two of the four food groups, including meats and milk. “Main-dish” products must weigh at least 6 ounces per serving.
For more information, go to: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Frame/FrameRedirect.asp?main=/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/00-046F.htm