AR-News: U.S. Government Relaxes Frozen Pizza Standards
unclewolf at olypen.com
Fri Aug 1 15:30:33 EDT 2003
Frozen pizza aficionados might notice less meaty offerings in the near
future as the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's relaxing rules that
govern how much meat a manufacturer must use in its products.
The current rules state that for any frozen pizza that contains meats like
sausage, pepperoni, hamburger, or chicken, 12 percent to 15 percent of the
product must be meat. But starting in October, the requirement drops to 2
percent to 3 percent, according to the Associated Press.
An industry spokesman says the change will allow manufacturers to offer more
healthful products that still contain meat -- but with less fat and
U.S. supermarkets sold more than $2.5 billion worth of frozen pizzas in the
year 2000, according to industry statistics cited by the AP.
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