Tell USDA: Consumers should know where their meat comes from!

 

We need your public comments to close a loophole used by meatpacking corporations to import foreign beef, slap a “Product of the U.S.A” label on it, and market it as American-grown. This outrageous practice misleads consumers, raises food safety concerns, and severely undercuts the market for real U.S.-raised beef.
Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows meat to bear the label “Product of U.S.A.” if it simply passes through a USDA-inspected plant. That means that a company can import meat from a steer that lived its entire life in Brazil, Uruguay, or Australia, and was processed – and then have that meat cut into steaks in a plant here and label it as “Product of the U.S.A.”

 

This loophole misleads consumers into buying meat from other countries even when they intend to buy from U.S. ranchers. Research has shown …
  • 93% of Americans want to know where their food comes from, and
  • 75% of Americans indicate the source of origin of their food is a major attribute when making their food choices.

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