WASHINGTON— For years, consumers have been never been able to tell just what is in the meat they bought, or just how fat or lean the meat really is. But as early as 2012, that will all change.
The USDA has now said that as of 2012, nutrition labels— the same labels consumers find on cereal boxes or on the can of Diet Coke— will be required for meat, poultry, pork, and lamb. The new rules will not require for everything to be labeled, and sellers of these products will have the option of putting up signs with this information.
These new labels will list the same categories as other common consumable products, from calories and total fat to cholesterol. While some meat industries have been labeling processed meats for some years now, common cuts of beef and poultry have been labeled on a voluntary basis.
The USDA is hoping these new labels will help families make healthier food choices, another leap for the Obama Administration and the battle against childhood obesity.