The USDA announced Wednesday that nutrition labels will be required on 40 cuts of raw meat and poultry. The measure will go into effect on January 1, 2012. It’s designed to help Americans make informed nutritional choices about the most popular cuts of meat, like brisket, tenderloin steak, boneless chicken breast and ground turkey.
“More and more, busy American families want nutrition information that they can quickly and easily understand,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We need to do all we can to provide nutrition labels that will help consumers make informed decisions.”
Like other the nutritional panels on other products, the new labels will carry the number of calories, and the grams of fat in the product. According to Reuters, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is in support of the new law, but wants more time to produce the labels. “We wish USDA would have granted our request for an 18- to 24-month implementation period,” said Kristina Butts, the executive director of legislative affairs for the organization.