FSIS Now Requires Nutrition Labeling on Raw Meat & Poultry Products

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FSIS Now Requires Nutrition Labeling on Raw Meat & Poultry Products

Markem-Imaje, a world-wide leader in marking and coding systems, believes it is time that nutritional information is provided for consumers on raw meat and poultry items. Beginning in March (this month), the FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) division of the USDA began requiring nutrition labeling on poultry products and popular raw meat products such as ground beef, pork chops and chicken breasts. Until now, consumers didn't have the option of comparing nutrition information on packaging labels, such as fat content, calories per serving, etc. Now, consumers will have a clearer sense of which options are healthier for their families. According to Under Secretary for Food Safety, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, "These new labels mark a significant step in the agency's efforts to help consumers make more informed food purchase decisions." In total, nutritional information will be provided on 40 of the most popular whole, raw cuts of meat and poultry. The labels will provide number of calories and total fat content, including saturated fat. Consumers can now make healthier choices by comparing the saturated fat content of say, for example, ground turkey versus ground beef. Products that contain multiple ingredients or that are not raw have provided nutritional information since 1993, as required by the FSIS. As a leading industrial printing equipment supplier, we applaud the government's decision to provide essential nutritional information to consumers - and hopefully, making the country healthier overall. At Markem-Imaje, we provide superior marking and coding systems for printing barcodes, ingredient lists, nutrition labeling, best-by dates and more. Depending upon your industry needs, we offer exceptional solutions in thermal transfer printing, laser printing, small character inkjet printing and hot melt, for case, pallet and product coding, along with supplies and software that make your production lines more efficient and reliable than ever. We realize the importance of durable, precise printing for brand protection, traceability, cost reduction and more! If you're interested in learning how we can provide turnkey solutions for your manufacturing needs, call 1.866.263.4644 for a free demo. Don't forget to come hang out with us on Facebook to gain access to more insider and trade news.

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