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Posted: June 10, 2010 09:51 AM

Meat Labels: What Do They Really Mean?

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You're strolling past the meat counter, wondering what to grill this weekend, and you see all of those labels: organic, free range, natural. Natural? What does "natural" mean, anyway? As it turns out, a few of these labels are more than just marketing -- the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has some strict rules about what these labels should mean.

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According to the USDA, a "natural" label means meat containing "no artificial ingredients or added color and is only minimally processed." The label also has to provide more specific information.

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