AGRIBUSINESS: Meat Labeling Rule Proposed

Last week USDA proposed changes to country of origin labeling for certain cuts of beef and pork. The potential changes stem from a WTO case from last year in the United States was found to give an unfair edge to domestic muscle cuts from beef, pork, and other meats by labeling it as originating in the United States.

But in the meat aisle, should consumers be concerned about the quality of meat products from different countries?

Ed Greiman, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association President, says “no, I don’t think so.” He says as food comes in, we are making sure that it all has the same standards and that the food is safe when it comes into the United States.

If enacted, the proposed rule could cost taxpayers up to $47 million. The WTO requires country of origin labeling to even the playing field by May 23rd of this year to be in compliance with its ruling.

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