Nutrient Data Improvement
The Nutrient Database Improvement (NDI) initiative is in its third year with tangible results expected by the end of the summer. Phase 1, the analyses of 14 new and existing chuck cuts, has been completed and the nutrient data are currently being incorporated into the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (SR 23). This research project, co-led by Texas Tech, Colorado State, and Texas A&M University, will allow the most accurate beef nutrient data to be available in the SR, which will have many positive implications for the beef industry.
It is more critical than ever that SR represent the beef currently available at retail because it is likely that Congress will act in the near future on the proposed rule for mandatory nutrition labeling in the meat case.
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