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New Rules for Labeling Meat Go Into Effect in U.S.
Associated Press, M.L. Johnson, 05/24/2013
Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect Thursday (May 23, 2013).
The rules require labels on steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. Earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture rules only required that countries of origin to be noted, so a package might say "Produce of U.S. and Canada." Now, the label will specify "Born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States." The new rules apply only to cuts of meat such as steaks and roasts, not to ground meat.
OneWorld cautions: "Buyers, be aware and alert. It seems that the meat industry does not like regulations intended to help consumers to make informed decisions. Our health and well-being is very much tied to what we eat. We need good information to make informed decisions about our food purchases."
‘The meat industry and grocery stores have protested the changes, saying they are a hassle and could lead to higher prices. The National Grocers Association issued a statement expressing its "strong frustration" over what it sees as "unnecessary" regulation.’
However, The National Farmers Union issued a statement Thursday praising the Obama administration for "providing more information on the origins of our food, instead of simply watering down the process."
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