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FSIS Proposes Revisions to Nutrition Facts Label for Meat and Poultry Products

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued an advance copy of a proposed rule to amend the nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry products and align them, to the extent possible, with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) revised Nutrition Facts label .

Specifically, FSIS is proposing to update the list of nutrients required or permitted to be declared; provide updated Daily Reference Values and Reference Daily Intake values based on current dietary recommendations from consensus reports; amend the definition of a single-serving container; require dual-column labeling for certain containers; and revise the format and appearance of the Nutrition Facts label. FSIS also proposed modifying several reference amounts customarily consumed and is proposing to consolidate the nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products into a new Code of Federal Regulations part. In addition, the proposed rule includes amendments to the labeling requirements for foods aimed at children under age four and pregnant and lactating women, and recommends establishing nutrient reference values for these population subgroups.

There will be a 60-day comment period once the proposed rule publishes in the Federal Register. The Meat Institute is reviewing the proposed rule and will provide a detailed analysis soon.

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