November 1, 2019
US senators introduce bill to promote U.S.A. labelling on beef
Two Republican Senators from South Dakota - Sen. Mike Rounds and Sen. John Thune - introduced earlier this week the U.S. Beef Integrity Act, which would make certain that the "Product of the U.S.A." label only goes to beef and beef products exclusively derived from one or more animals born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States, AGDAILY reported.
Currently, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) does not require that beef be born, raised, and slaughtered in the US in order to carry a "Product of the U.S.A." label. This loophole allows beef from livestock born and raised in foreign countries to be labelled "Product of the U.S.A." as long as the beef undergoes subsequent processing at a processing plant in the US.
"Consumers deserve to know where their food is coming from," said Rounds. "When South Dakota families purchase beef labelled 'Product of the U.S.A.,' they should know with certainty that it is coming from one of our top-quality producers. Today's beef labelling rules are misleading and allow beef and beef products from cattle born, raised and slaughtered outside of the US to be labelled as US beef. This must be fixed for both consumers and our hardworking producers."
Thune and Rounds also wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to offer support for administrative changes to the FSIS beef labelling requirements. The full letter can be viewed at: https://www.agdaily.com/livestock/senators-s-d-promote-u-s-labeling-beef/