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Call for Comments on Nutrition Labelling Proposal

by 5m Editor
29 March 2010, at 8:26a.m.

US - The American Meat Institute (AMI) has submitted comments regarding the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) supplemental proposed rule, 'Nutrition Labeling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products'.

In its comments, AMI addressed a number of questions raised in the supplement, including:

  • Should statements of lean percentage be prohibited on the label or labelling of ground products that do not meet the regulatory criteria for ‘low fat?’

  • Should FSIS permit the use of lean percentage statements if they are contiguous to fat percentage statements on the label of ground products, or are they inherently misleading to consumers if the product does not meet the regulatory criteria for ‘low fat?’

  • Are lean percentage statements redundant on a label when contiguous to fat percentage statements?

  • Presuming the regulations should prohibit lean percentage statements on a label of ground products that do not meet the ‘low fat’ criteria, would a fat percentage statement on the label of such products be useful and if such a statement would be useful, should it be required on the label of those products?

  • Should the final rule allow a lean percentage statement and fat percentage statement on the label of ground products produced by small businesses if such product does not include nutrition information on the product label?

  • Presuming that nutrition information should be required of labels of any ground product for which a lean percentage and fat percentage statement is provided, what would be the cost of such a requirement for a small business?

  • Will providing nutrition tables be sufficient for retailers and establishments to provide nutrition labels for ground pork?

  • Will the available data for ground chicken and ground turkey in the USDA Nutrient Database be sufficient for retailers and establishments?

To view AMI’s comments in their entirety, click here.