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In 2012, Meat Will Be Labeled With Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Fact Labels to Meet Meat Products

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new nutrition labeling system for meat products. Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, 40 of the most common cuts of pork, poultry, beef, and lamb will list the typical nutrition facts. Calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, sodium, protein, cholesterol, and vitamins will be found on each cut of meat; if they are not readily listed, they will be available for consumers when purchasing. With the government's focus on fighting obesity, this law comes as no surprise. It's another way of informing carnivores about the meat they eat.

What do you think of the news? Do you read nutrition labels?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
This is GREAT. So many people have no clue what they're eating between ignorance (their choice) and just not seeing the nutritional facts, so not giving it much thought. Some meats are already labeled (I see it on chicken and turkey), but I don't get why this hasn't been put into place before on all meats. Maybe some light bulbs will go on when people actually read through and see why meat consumption should be minimized.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 6 years
You should be concerned about the amount of sodium in your pot roast- or any other meat because lots of companies unfairly plump up their meat with salt water solutions meaning you end up paying more and getting less meat.
danaruth danaruth 6 years
I'm way less concerned about the sodium or calories in my pot roast than I am about the antibiotics and contaminated feed my meat may contain. How about a new labeling law that lists how the animal was raised, what it was fed, and what else besides grass or corn was in the animal's system when it was slaughtered?
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
I agree that it's great news...I'm just kind of embarrassed that I never really thought about the absence of them in the first place before!
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I think that it's great! I'm always interested in the sodium content of the food that I buy. From what I understand, many large chicken producers add weight to their product with the addition of a water/sodium solution. It will be nice to get a grasp on just how much is in there!
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