A need for new labeling standards
We believe if a label on the package of meat you’re purchasing in the grocery store says “Product of USA” that product should actually have to be raised in the USA. Under current United States Department of Agriculture labeling standards, that’s not always the case. That means that the grass fed beef you’re purchasing could be imported from countries such as Uruguay, New Zealand, and Australia.
The current language allows imported meat to bear the label “Product of USA” if it is further processed in a USDA inspected plant. The American Grassfed Association (AGA) has recently filed a petition with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), requesting the USDA to clarify language used in its policy guide to disallow meat that is born, raised, and harvested outside of the United States to bear the label “Product of USA.”Read more…
July 11, 2018
Food Safety and Inspection Services
United States Department of Agriculture
Patriots Plaza 3
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Mailstop 3782, Room 8-163A
Washington D.C., 20250-3700
Re: Petition for change to the Food Safety and Inspection Services Standards and Labeling Policy Book on “Product of U.S.A.”
Dear Docket Clerk,
Recently the American Grassfed Association filed a petition regarding the Food Safety and Inspection Services Standards and Policies regarding country of origin labeling. We want to profess our strong support of this petition.
In just four years, retail sales of grass fed beef in the United States have increased 1,500 percent. As Americans have become more conscious about what they are eating, producers have improved consistency in their product quality and distribution.
Unfortunately, while this trend certainly means positive things for grass fed beef producers, over 75 percent of all grass fed beef is imported* from countries like Uruguay, New Zealand and Australia. Not only are American farmers missing out on significant economic benefits, our country is missing out on the benefits that well-managed grass feed programs can contribute to our environment.Read more…