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July 26, 2011

Foster Farms gets favorable ruling from USDA on chicken labeling

Foster Farms scored a victory Thursday in its bid to have rivals better disclose the additives in their poultry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed a rule on labeling for poultry and other raw meat products that contain saltwater, broth and other substances aimed at enhancing flavor and texture. The rule would require "common, easy-to-understand terms" so consumers know what they are getting, said a news release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Foster Farms, based in Livingston, had objected to certain out-of-state companies using the word "natural" on such products.These labels could mislead people into consuming too much sodium, according to Foster Farms, which has mostly additive-free items in its product line. Read More

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