Post by BBQ Butcher on Aug 21, 2018 7:05:39 GMT -5
Consumer food safety concerns cited as reason for Made in USA beef labeling
Beef products should be labeled as “Made in the USA,” or “Product of the USA” or “USA beef” only if they come from cattle born, raised and harvested in the United States, according to the majority of comments on a petition.
Most of the nearly 1,900 people and organizations who’ve provided comments on the petition to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) favor such a standard for labeling U.S. beef. And, the U.S Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), one of three big national organizations of beef producers, filed seven pages of comments supporting the petition on Aug. 17.
The USCA says consumers support Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef out of “food safety concerns regarding imported beef, a preference for labels and more information about the source and origin of products, (and) a strong desire to support U.S. producers, and beliefs that U.S. beef is of higher quality.”
It’s the first big beef organization to endorse a petition that originated with domestic grass-fed cattle producers who often “face foreign competition.” The request began with the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and American Grassfed Association (AGA), which filed a petition to stop imported meat from being mislabeled “Product of U.S.A.”