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Nutrition Labeling May Be Required on Raw Meat

WASHINGTON (CN) - The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service plans to require nutrition labeling of the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products, unless an exemption applies.

Although the rule was initially proposed in 2001, since it was never finished, the agency is requesting comments.

Specifically, the agency is asking whether nutrition information should be allowed on point-of-purchase materials for ground or chopped products, as an alternative to requiring nutrition information on the product labels.

FSIS also is requesting comments on the use of statements of lean percentages on the label of ground or chopped products that do not meet the regulatory criteria for "low fat."

Finally, FSIS is requesting comments on whether it should provide an exemption from nutrition labeling requirements for small businesses that include a fat percentage statement and lean percentage statement on the label of ground or chopped meat.

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