Kansas Cattlemens Association
Barbwire Press Release of 10-31-01
WASHINGTON, D.C. More that 85
organizations teamed up today in support of mandatory country-of origin
labeling for fresh produce and meat products. The broad coalition
consisting of consumer, livestock, fruit and vegetable and other
organizations sent joint letters to Senate Agriculture Committee
leadership asking the food labeling provision be included in the Senate
version of the farm bill, which the committee is expected to begin
marking up this week. The letters to Senate Agriculture Committee
Chairman Tom Harkin, D, IA, and ranking Member Richard G. Lugar, R, IN,
support S.280, the Consumer right to Know Act of 2001. The bill
requires country-of origin labeling at the point of sale for fresh
fruits and vegetables and for muscle cut and ground meat products
including beef, pork and lamb. Under S. 280, fresh produce must be
grown and processed in the United States and meat products must be from
animals, born, raised and slaughtered in the United States to be labeled
as “Made in the USA.”
“The groundswell for mandatory
country-of origin labeling for produce and meat products is strong,”
said Leland Swenson, president of National Farmers Union and one of the
letter’s cosigners. “Country-of-origin labeling is a critical part of
the American consumer's right to make informed decisions about the food
they feed their families.”
Look and see if your
representative group is on this list of supporters. If not you may want
to reconsider who you wish to have represent yourself and the U.S.A.
producers and consumers.
Another Issue of serious
debate is on the issue of Country of Origin Labeling. NCBA has just
released their version it states: Under USDA regulation, all cattle
carcasses from cattle produced in the US can only receive a USDA quality
grade at the point of slaughter or at the point of original chill.
However, a special exception to this regulation has been adopted to
allow carcasses from Canada to be imported a graded with the USDA
quality grade. These carcasses must also be identified as “product of
Canada”, but this identity may be trimmed away as the carcass is further
fabricated in retail cuts. Beef producers have increasingly criticized
this liberal interpretation regarding use of the USDA grading system.
Legislators we want direct action to address these most critical issues
effecting the bottom line of the majority of U.S.A. cattle producers,
feeders and consumers.
AAM has had country-of-origin
labeling as one of its major goals for 21 years.