US meat processor Tyson Foods has 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, covers Tyson branded breaded chicken products, including nuggets, patties and tenders.
“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,” said Hal Carper, Tyson’s senior vice president of corporate research and development.

The company said it has also expanded the nutrition panel to include information on polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. The removal of trans fat from consumer products comes one year ahead of FDA labelling regulations.