The USDA is proposing a change that would close a loophole allowing imported (comingled beef) to be labeled “Product of the U.S.A.”
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Farmers Union in his address on Monday the proposed changes tighten the requirements for the voluntary labels for beef, pork, poultry, and egg products. “You can only do it if the product was born here, raised here, slaughtered here, and processed here,” he says.
South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke says the proposed rule is a good first step in providing more clarity for consumers. He tells Brownfield he wouldn’t be surprised to see a new policy presented during Tuesday’s delegate session that strengthens the National Farmers Union’s policies on meat packaging and labeling.
US Cattlemen’s Association president Justin Tupper a rancher from South Dakota says the proposed rule would provide clarity.