US producer targets health food market
A US poultry producer has launched a new
variety of baked chicken nuggets, which are legally permitted to be labelled as
'healthy' under the rules of the US Department of Agriculture
The nuggets, as well as the company's popcorn chicken products, are also
certified by the American Heart Association
with the 'heart check mark' seal of
approval, and are approved for Child
, a voluntary federal labelling programme for the USDA
's Child Nutrition
The company says that the products are aimed at helping to reduce childhood
obesity. According to the Department of Health and Human Services
, the number of
overweight or obese children has more than doubled in the past 30 years, and 17
percent of children aged two to 19 are overweight.
EatWellStayHealthy Kids Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets and Breaded Popcorn
Chicken from Pilgrim's
, one of the largest poultry producers in the US, will be available in
stores this autumn.
All products in the line are made from whole-muscle chicken breast meat and
contain zero trans fats. The company claims that these products have less than
half the calories, half the carbohydrates and 80% less fat per serving than
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