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Meat Labels A 'Tender' Issue

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Meat Labels A 'Tender' Issue

Safe Food Coalition Writes USDA Advocating for Mechanically Tenderized Meat Labels

Meats that have been tenderized mechanically have been implicated in E. coli breakouts over the past 10 years, raising questions about labeling. Food labels that distinguished between meats that were tenderized mechanically and those that were not have been in the works since 2009, but a food safety advocacy group wants them required now.

The Safe Food Coalition recently called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement the food labels, which would also include safety instructions on how to properly cook meat.

"Without a label to identify mechanically treated meat products, along with information to help mitigate the risk, the unsuspecting purchasers of these products - whether they are restaurant cooks or consumers - will have no idea that the product that they have selected needs additional protective handling and preparation," said the Safe Food Coalition letter.

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Goods that are made with whole or significant parts of agricultural, forestry or marine materials are eligible for the labels.