Tyson Foods, Springdale, Ark., announced that it has completed the process of removing trans fat 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.

"Tyson's long-standing commitment to nutrition, and desire to power consumers with quality, healthy food is an industry benchmark," said Hal Carper, Tyson's senior vice president of corporate research and development. "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 fat" message change to consumers. Additionally, the nutrition panel has been expanded to include detailed information on polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. Tyson is the first national processor and marketer of meat protein to accomplish this goal. The removal of trans fat 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," added Tyson chief marketing officer Bob Corscadden. "We feel this initiative is in keeping with the latest Dietary Guidelines and will help consumers make informed food choices."

Source: Company Release