AMI on nutrition labelling of chopped meat

by Editor
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has submitted comments regarding the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) supplemental proposed rule, "Nutrition Labelling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products".

In its comments, AMI addressed a number of questions raised in the supplemental, including: Should statements of lean percentage be prohibited on the label or labeling of ground products that do not meet the regulatory criteria for "low fat?"

AMI suggests ground meat labels should use "low fat" claims only to identify the type of product to the consumer and not be misconstrued as health claims. AMI also suggested use of such ratios on labels should be an option for manufacturers, not a regulatory requirement.