Key Nutrition Information for Most Popular Meat and Poultry Products Coming to a Store Near You

Beginning on March1, 2012, consumers will have convenient access to important nutritional information about raw meat and poultry products they most frequently purchase. Under a new FSIS rule, packages of ground or chopped meat and poultry, such as hamburger or ground turkey, will now feature nutrition facts panels on their labels. Additionally, 40 cuts of the most popular whole, raw cuts of meat and poultry, such as chicken breast or steak, will also have nutritional information either on the package label or on display at the store.

The new nutrition facts panels will list the number of calories and the grams of total fat and saturated fat that a product contains. For example, consumers will be able to compare the calories and fat content for ground turkey versus ground beef, or for pork chops versus chicken breasts, right in the store. Additionally, a ground or chopped product that includes on its label a lean percentage statement, such as “85% lean,” and is not considered “low in fat” also will list its fat percentage making it easier for consumers to understand the amounts of lean and fat content in a particular product. Consumers will no longer have to guess which products fir their diets.