Cargill has announced that the company is beginning to move its beef and pork programs to the “Product of the USA” and “Product of USA, Canada, Mexico” labels. The company expects 70 percent of its pork and beef products will meet the “Product of the USA” labeling standard beginning January 1, 2009.

Under the USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling program, the “Product of the USA” label A means the livestock were born, raised and harvested in the U.S. For multiple countries of origin, Cargill will use label B, “Product of USA, Canada, Mexico” which means the livestock may be born in one country, but sent at an early age to the U.S. to be raised and processed.

“We are confident that we can meet the needs of producers for an efficient marketing system and the needs of the retailer for top quality pork,” says Cargill Pork president Dirk Jones.

At the same time, the company reiterated its commitment to serve producers who source top quality cattle and hogs from outside the U.S. “We are deeply committed to North American cattle and hog producers and will work to see that they can achieve the highest possible return for their hard work and investment,” said Keating.