The USDA Proposed Nutritional Fact Panel for Meat and Poultry Products [UPDATED]

Update (Feb 22, 2017) : The commentary period has been extended from 60 days to 90 days.  Comments are due by Wed April 19, 2017. The commentary period is being extended to adhere to the the  ‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review’ memorandum of January 20, 2017, to the heads of executive departments and agencies from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff. 

Source: Federal Register 


Now that the FDA label rules are in place, the USDA is following suit and aligning.  A few weeks back they announce temporary/voluntary naming guidelines.  (USDA regulated meat and poultry products may voluntarily use the new FDA Nutrition Label Format.) You now have 60 days to comment on their the USDA Proposed Revisions to Nutritional Fact Panel for Meat and Poultry Products | USDA Newsroom. In summary,
  • Update the list of nutrients that are required or permitted to be declared;
  • Provide updated Daily Reference Values (DRVs) and Reference Daily Intake (RDI) values that are based on current dietary recommendations from consensus reports;
  • Amend the labeling requirements for foods represented or purported to be specifically for children under the age of 4 years and pregnant women and lactating women and establish nutrient reference values specifically for these population subgroups;
  • Revise the format and appearance of the Nutrition Facts label;
  • Amend the definition of a single-serving container;
  • Require dual-column labeling for certain containers;
  • Update and modify several reference amounts customarily consumed (RACCs or reference amounts); and
  • Consolidate the nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products into a new Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part.



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