Two timely nutrient data sets provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are being used by the beef and pork industries to provide new Nutrition Facts labels for their products. Federal rules require specific meat and poultry products to carry new nutrition information.
Although some retailers have already begun implementing the new rules, the original starting date of January 1 has been extended to March 1, giving retailers more time for implementation. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the new rules will make important nutrition information readily available to consumers for 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry.
The data sets are provided by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL), which is headed by nutritionist Joanne Holden in Beltsville, Md. The data sets for retail cuts of beef and pork provide retailers with easier access to the most accurate beef and pork nutrient data for the purpose of both on-pack and butcher-counter-posted nutrition labeling. ARS is USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency.
Friday January 13, 2012/ ARS-USDA/ United States.