Processed Combination Foods & CN Labels Review

Processed Combination Foods & CN Labels Review

Processed Combination Foods & CN Labels Review The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) 1 ~ Processed Combination Foods ~ What are they? To name a few processed products Breaded Chicken Nuggets,

patties, tenders Breaded Popcorn chicken Breaded fish sticks, patties, shapes, nuggets Corn dogs and mini corn dogs Pizza (any type) Canned and frozen ravioli Frozen soups for any component Potato pancakes Breakfast bites Lasagna, quesadillas

Chili and Chili Mac Chicken pot pies Cheese sauce Pizza rolls Egg rolls 2 Meat/Meat alternates with Binders and Extenders Also are considered to be processed combination foods requiring CN Information Check the ingredients label first for these types of ingredients

Alternate protein products (APPs) like soy protein isolate Various types of flour Cereals Modified food starches Dried milk Carrageenan These processed, precooked foods may have these ingredients:

Salisbury Steak Meatballs Hamburger Taco Meat Riblettes Some sausages Vegetable burgers

~ Processed Combination Foods ~ Can only be counted on the CACFP when the actual content and its amount are known (i.e. Oz of meat/meat alternate, # of servings of bread, etc.). Most products cannot be taken apart to weigh and measure the ingredients separately for counting the amount of meat/meat alternate (M/MA), fruit/vegetable (F/V) and bread/grain (G/B). 4 ~ Processed Combination Foods ~

Acceptable documentation to count processed combination foods are: The actual Child Nutrition (CN) label marked on the product packaging OR A manufacturers product formulation statement signed by an official of the manufacturer 5 ~ Child Nutrition (CN) Labels ~ They are issued by USDA All CN labeled products must have the USDA approved CN label logo on the packaging

They clearly identify how much a product can count toward the meal pattern serving size requirements They provide a warranty against meal disallowance if the CN labeled product is used according to the manufacturers directions 6 ~ CN Labels ~ The CN label will be printed on the processed products carton or packaging. 7

~ CN Labels ~ A CN label will always contain the following: The CN logo, which is a distinct border; The meal pattern contribution statement; A unique 6-digit product identification number (assigned by USDA/FNS) appearing in the upper right hand corner of the CN logo; The USDA/FNS authorization statement; The month and year of final FNS approval 8 No CN label on a processed Combo item?

X No CN Label on packaging = Not Creditable Unless you obtain the manufacturers product formulation statement. Manufacturers product formulation statements are not USDA approved. ~ Product Formulation Statements ~ They provide the manufacturers information on what the product actually contains and the amount of each ingredient by weight.

Must have the original signature of an authorized company representative, not a sales representatives signature. 1 0 ~ Sample Product Formulation Statement ~ CN Labels = Healthy? CN labels do NOT indicate that a product is healthy Used predominately on processed meat and meat alternate products

which are often high in sodium, fat and calories 1 2 ~ Child Nutrition (CN) Labels ~ They are not the nutrition facts labels or ingredients lists X X 1 3

How to read and use CN labels ~ Fish Stick Example ~ Two 1.00 oz breaded fish sticks provide 1.00 oz meat equivalent and .50 serving of bread alternate Meat equivalent calculation: 1-2 year olds (1 oz) =2 fish stks 3-5 year olds (1.5 oz) =3 fish stks 6-12 year olds (2 oz) =4 fish stks sticks sticks

sticks 1 5 ~ Precooked Beef Patty Example ~ Each 2.00 oz fully cooked beef patty provides 1.75 oz of meat equivalent Meat equivalent calculation: 1-2 year olds (1 oz) = burger (round up to 1) 3-5 year olds (1.5 oz) = 1 burger 6-12 year olds (2 oz) = 1&1/4 burger (round up to 1 & )

1 6 This 4 oz Corn Dog provides 2.0 oz equivalent meat and 2 servings bread alternate for Child Nutrition Meal Pattern Requirements. Meat equivalent calculation: 1-2 year olds (1 oz) = corn dog 3-5 year olds (1.5 oz) = corn dog

6-12 year olds (2 oz) = 1 corn dog 1 7 Five .88oz breaded fully cooked chicken nuggets (2.43 oz Total) provide 2.00 oz equivalent meat/meat alternate and 1.00 serving bread alternate for Child Nutrition Meal Pattern Requirements. Meat Equivalent Calculation: 1-2 yr olds (1 oz) = 3 nuggets; 3-5 yr olds (1.5 oz) = 4 nuggets; 6-12 yr olds (2 oz) = 5 nuggets 1

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USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; This institution is an equal opportunity provider. (3) Email: [email protected]

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