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Crediting a Product to Meet the Meal Components


CN Labeling Program (USDA site)


CN Labels

The USDA, Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling Program provides food manufacturers the option to include a standardized food crediting statement on their product label. Labels must be authorized by USDA, FNS prior to use and manufacturers must have quality control procedures and inspection oversight that meet the FNS requirements. Products produced in accordance with the CN Labeling Program are generally purchased by foodservice providers for FNS meal programs.

What is a CN label? A CN label will always contain the following:

  • The CN logo (which is a distinct border) The meal pattern contribution statement
  • A 6-digit product identification number
  • USDA/FNS authorization statement
  • The month and year of approval.

CN Label

PDF of CN Label


Product Formulation Statement

(Product Analysis) for Meat/Meat Alternate (M/MA) Products

Product Name: Foodservice Turkey Bacon                           Code No.: 22655-30302

Manufacturer:  Butterball, LLC                                             Pack Information: 6 lbs. unit; 2 units/case


Meat/Meat Alternate

Please fill out the chart below to determine the creditable amount of Meat/Meat Alternate

Description of Creditable Ingredients per
Food Buying Guide

Ounces per Raw Portion of Creditable Ingredient


Food Buying Guide Yield

Creditable Amount *


1.71 oz.



1.20 oz.

Mechanically Separated Turkey

1.45 oz.



1.02 oz.






A. Total Creditable Amount1

2.02 oz.

*Creditable Amount - Multiply ounces per raw portion of creditable ingredient by the Food Buying Guide yield.

Alternate Protein Product (APP)

If the product contains APP please fill out the chart below to determine the creditable amount of APP. If APP is used, you must provide documentation as described in Attachment A for each APP used.

Description of APP, manufacture’s name,
and code number

Ounces Dry APP
Per Portion


% of Protein

Divide by 18**

Creditable Amount





÷ by 18






÷ by 18






÷ by 18


B. Total Creditable Amount1



C. TOTAL CREDITABLE AMOUNT (A + B rounded down to nearest ¼ oz)


2.00 oz.

*Percent of Protein As-Is is provided on the attached APP documentation.
**18 is the percent of protein when fully hydrated.
***Creditable amount of APP equals ounces of Dry APP multiplied by the percent of protein as-is divided by 18.
1Total Creditable Amount must be rounded down to the nearest 0.25oz (1.49 would round down to 1.25 oz meat equivalent). Do not round up. If you are crediting both M/MA and APP, you do not need to round down in box A until after you have added the creditable APP amount from box B.

Total weight (per portion) of product as purchased  Based on 3.16 oz Serving Size

Total creditable amount of product (per portion)       2.00 oz.         .
(Reminder: Total creditable amount cannot count for more than the total weight of product)

I certify that the above information is true and correct and that a           2.21            ounce serving of the above product (ready for serving) contains    2.00                                ounces of equivalent meat/meat alternate when prepared according to directions.

I further certify that any APP used in the product conforms to the Food and Nutrition Service Regulations (7 CFR Parts 210, 220, 225, 226, Appendix A) as demonstrated by the attached supplier documentation..


Robert Taylor    04/26/2013   919-658-6743     .



PDF of Product Formulation sheet