Just days before its scheduled implementation, country of origin labeling legislation is drawing fire from both
"It was the intent of Congress that meat product that is born, raised and slaughtered in the
Also expressing their concern was the American Farm Bureau Federation. In a letter to USDA Undersecretary Bruce Knight, AFBF President Bob Stallman said, “There is now great concern that there will not be any exclusively
AFBF believes meat that is exclusively born, raised and slaughtered in the
The senators also raised concerns about the rule's exemptions for processed foods, including those fried, broiled, grilled, boiled, steamed, baked, roasted, cured, smoked or restructured. They said the language exempts many food products consumers would expect to be labeled.
They also took issue with the provision that allows a processor to continue to list a country as a possible country of origin up to 60 days after raw material from that country has not been in the processor's inventory. "All the processor would have to do is keep product from the
The senators asked USDA to provide a safe harbor of reasonable or acceptable information that can be asked of a producer to help avoid the possibility of unreasonable requests for information that would be considered unfair or an effort to single out a particular producer.
Also on behalf of producers, they asked for guidance on how producers can verify the origin of animals purchased between July 15 and Sept. 30. Under the interim final rule, all animals present in the
To view the letter in its entirety and a list of those who signed it, click here .