Nutritional Ground Chicken Label
On December 29, 2010, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture published a final rule that requires nutrition labeling for single-ingredient muscle cuts and ground meat and poultry products. This analysis provides a brief summary of the rule. In the coming months more information will be available as FSIS releases educational materials on how to comply with the rule.
Under the rule, ground meat and poultry products must have the nutrition labeling applied to the retail package, except with limited exemptions for small packages and small businesses. For muscle cuts of meat and poultry, individual packages may be labeled with nutrition information or nutrition information may be displayed to consumers in a poster or sign in close proximity to the food. Retailers need to provide nutrition information to consumers only on major cuts as classified by USDA.
Failure to provide this mandatory nutrition information will render the product misbranded. The new rule also permits ground or chopped meat and poultry products that do not qualify for a low-fat claim to bear a lean percentage claim as long as it is accompanied by a percentage of fat statement.
These changes will become effective January 1, 2012.
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