Meat Labels Get Beefed Up

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - New labels on meat packaging may change the way you eat. The USDA is now mandating nutritional facts for all packages of ground and chopped meat on 40 popular meat products.

This will include beef, poultry, and other types of meats. This helps consumers to determine what they are eating, and some nutritionists believe this will help shoppers make healthier choices.

Registered Dietician, Stephanie Munsell says, "We tell (people) about how much a serving size is and approximately how much fat would be in it, but now a person can actually go and select the amount of fat and other things in a serving size of a piece of meat. We want (people) to be specific with what they're eating, and so this will greatly affect and help them make their selections."

The nutritional labels will tell the number of calories, grams of fat, and how lean the meat is, among other things. Munsell says choose lean meats with ten grams of fat or less and less than four and a half grams of saturated fat. The new labels won't go into effect until January 1st of next year.