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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released a proposed revision to the nutritional fact panel for meat and poultry products.

The proposal to revise the rule aims to align with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final nutrition regulations, which were published on May 27, 2016.

The revisions include the following:

  • 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.

A public consultation is open for this within 60 days after its publication on the Federal Register.

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