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The United States Department of Agriculture issued a new set of proposed rules last week that would change the way meat and poultry are required to be labeled.  USDA issued the new rules to be more consistent with the changes the Food and Drug Administration made earlier this year.  In a press release, USDA described its proposed rules as a “critical step” in helping consumers make better-informed choices.

USDA’s proposed changes would update, among other things, the nutrients that are required to be listed, the Daily Reference Values reflecting current dietary recommendations, and the definition of a single-serving container.  The design of labels would also change under the proposed rules.

The proposed rules have been published for a public comment period of 60 days.