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Table 1 Text of standards relating to fat in meat

From: Development, implementation and outcome of standards to restrict fatty meat in the food supply and prevent NCDs: learning from an innovative trade/food policy in Ghana

Type of meat Relevant text in food standards
Pork ‘Deboned carcasses/cuts (minus the backfat) shall contain not more than 25% total fat when determined in accordance with clause 3 of GS 70 [this is the standard that describes how to measure fat in meat]. Backfat thickness: pork carcass shall have a backfat thickness not exceeding 2.5 cm’, 2008 [22]
Beef ‘Deboned carcasses and cuts shall contain not more than 25% fat by mass when determined in accordance with clause 3 of GS 70’, 2003 [23]
Mutton ‘Mutton carcases/cuts excluding the back fat shall contain not more than 25% fat by mass. Where the back fat is not removed a maximum of 30% fat by mass shall be permitted, when determined in accordance with clause 3 of GS 70’, 2005 [24]
Poultry ‘Dressed poultry and/or poultry parts shall have fat content of not more than 15 percent when determined in accordance with clause 3 of GS 70’, 2003 [25]
  1. Source: Ghana Standards Authority Library, Accra, Ghana.