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“Spurred on by increased consumer awareness and current scientific data, Tyson took the industry lead in removing trans fat from our retail and 'child nutrition' school foodservice products.”
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Tyson Bans Trans Fatty Acids
PROBLEM FAT REMOVED
Tyson completes the removal of unhealthy trans-fatty acids from its processed meat products.
Springdale, Arkansas-headquartered meat processor Tyson Foods has completed the process of removing trans-fatty acids from its fully cooked breaded poultry retail and "child nutrition" school foodservice products.
“The initiative, announced in February 2004 with Tyson branded breaded chicken products, including nuggets, patties, and tenders, is now complete,” the company announced in a release. While Tyson chicken, beef and pork are naturally low in trans-fatty acids, the company changed its recipes to offer a healthier choice without sacrificing taste and quality. Tyson’s ZERO trans-fatty acid products are available on supermarket shelves nationally.
"Tyson's long-standing commitment to nutrition, and desire to power consumers with quality, healthy food is an industry benchmark," Hal Carper, Tyson's senior vice president of corporate research and development, said. “Spurred on by increased consumer awareness and current scientific data, Tyson took the industry lead in removing trans fat from our retail and 'child nutrition' school foodservice products.”
All retail poultry packaging now reflects the "zero grams of trans-fatty acids" message change to consumers. Additionally, the nutrition panel has been expanded to include detailed information on polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. Tyson said it is the first national processor and marketer of meat protein to accomplish this goal. The removal of trans-fatty acids from consumer products comes one year ahead of FDA labeling regulations.
"Tyson Foods has long promoted well-balanced eating practices, moderation, and physical activity to power healthy lifestyles," Tyson’s chief marketing officer Bob Corscadden added. "We feel this initiative is in keeping with the latest Dietary Guidelines and will help consumers make informed food choices."
Web posted: January 26, 2005
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