Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, October 1, 2004 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a final
rule that amends nutrition labeling regulations. The final rule
will permit nutrient content claims on the labeling of multi-serve
"meal-type" meat and poultry products. Previously, FSIS only allowed
nutrient content claims on single serve meat and poultry products.
The final rule adopts the definitions of "meal-type" and "main-dish"
products used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, nutrient content
claims will be based on 100 grams of product instead of the serving
The amended nutrition labeling regulations will provide consumers
with consistent nutrient content claim information as well as additional
tools and guidance for selecting foods that meet their dietary needs.
This will allow consumers to make valid comparisons among food product
FSIS now will define "meal-type" and "main-dish" products as containing
not less than three 40-gram portions of food from at least two of
the four food groups, such as bread, fruit, meats and milk. "Meal-type"
products must weigh at least 10 ounces per serving. "Main-dish"
products must weigh at least 6 ounces per serving.
The final rule will take effect on November 30, 2004.
To receive copies of the petition and supporting documentation,
please contact the FSIS Docket Clerk, #00-046F, U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 102, Cotton
Annex, 300 12th St., SW, Washington, DC 20250-3700.