We can’t believe nutrition labels haven’t found there way onto meat packaging before this!!
The Agriculture Department will start requiring many meat labels to show nutrition facts starting in 2012 in an attempt to help consumers when they shop.
The rule applies to 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry, such as ground beef.
Said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack:
"More and more, busy American families want nutrition information that they can quickly and easily understand. We need to do all we can to provide nutrition labels that will help consumers make informed decisions."
We TOTALLY support this! Hopefully this will help people pick leaner cuts of meat when they’re at the store!
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What does "natural" really mean, anyway?
Market research company Mintel predicts that the term "natural" on food labels will start getting increased attention from federal regulators very soon.
Here's what the FDA had to say about the meaning of "natural" with regards to food:
"From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is 'natural' because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances."
We hope regulators DO crack down on overly flexible usage of the term "natural." Too many foods have misleading labels.
We're totally on board, regulators! Let's make this happen!
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