A survey by the Consumer Federation of America shows 90 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring companies to list the origin of the fresh meat they sell on the label.
As the USDA continues to receive pushback from Canada and Mexico on country-of-origin labeling, a recent survey proves the issue is one Americans prefer. In a release by the National Farmers Union, 90 percent of the 1,000 respondents either strongly or somewhat favor including the data on the label.
Respondents were almost as responsive when asked if food sellers should also provide information about where the animals were born, raised and processed, as 87 percent either strongly favored or somewhat favored the additional information on the label.
Consumers are taking an interest in where and how their food is produced and, according to the survey, would prefer the information directly on the package.
”These findings, coupled with the recent withdrawal of two short-sighted amendments to the Senate and House’s respective farm bills that would have negatively impacted Country-of-Origin Labeling, are promising indications that country-of-origin labeling is vitally important and here to stay,” NFU President Roger Johnson said.
COOL became mandatory in 2008 and regulations were put forward in 2009. Mexico and Canada argue the labeling laws discriminate against foreign cattle and pigs. According to the Casper Star-Tribune, Mexico and Canada say enhancing labels would only exacerbate the problem.
The USDA and the Obama administration have until Thursday to finalize the labeling status.
The telephone survey was undertaken by ORC International May 9 to 12, 2013, using a split sample of landlines and cell phones. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points. The survey results are available here and the survey methodology is available here.