On February 28, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice entitled “Verifying Nutrition Labeling for the Major Cuts of Single-Ingredient, Raw Meat and Poultry Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products.”  The notice provides instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP), Import Inspection Personnel, Import Surveillance and Liaison Officers (ISLOs) and Compliance and Investigations Division (CID) investigators for enforcing the final rule “Nutrition Labeling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products.” The rule became effective March 1, 2012.

The final rule amends federal meat and poultry products inspection regulations to require the nutrition labeling of the non-exempt major cuts of single-ingredient raw meat and poultry products, and all ground or chopped meat and poultry products (with or without added seasonings), either on labels or at point-of-purchase. In addition, the rule provides that, when a ground or chopped product does not meet the regulatory criteria to be labeled “low fat,” a lean percentage statement may be included on the label or in labeling as long as a statement of the fat percentage that meets the specified criteria also is displayed on the label or in labeling. Nutrition information panels are not required on package labels for the major cuts of raw, single-ingredient meat or poultry products that do not have nutrition claims on their labels. Retailers only have to display point-of-purchase materials for these products.

More information regarding “Nutrition Labeling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products” is available here.