USCA Continues Fight for Truth in Labeling
There is only one surefire way to have your voice count in the fight for truthful labeling on U.S. beef products.
Call your Member of Congress! USCA is currently working on legislation to address country-of-origin labeling, but we need support from Congressional representatives across the country to move forward.
Dial the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your two Senators and Congressional Representative. Tell them your biggest priority is to reinstate a truthful labeling program for U.S. beef and ask for their support.
You don’t need a script - you already know why it’s important to have domestic beef product properly labeled. Simply tell YOUR story and YOUR reasons. If they have additional questions, direct them to USCA’s Washington, DC office at (202) 870-1552.
(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) filed a petition for rulemaking with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to address “Product of the U.S.A.” and “Made in the U.S.A.” claims on U.S. beef.
Since the repeal of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in 2015, there are no clear definitions for what constitutes a U.S. beef product. Cattle or beef that is imported into our borders and undergoes further processing or handling at a USDA-inspected facility can be labeled as a “Product of the United States”, even if the handling of the product was minimal.
The petition concludes, “To eliminate the likelihood of confusion and to better inform consumers, USCA contends that voluntary labels indicating ‘Made in USA,’ ‘Product of USA’ or similar content should be limited to beef from cattle born, raised, and harvested in the United States.”
USCA founding members were the original proponents of COOL in the 2002 Farm Bill. We remain steadfast in our support for a truthful and transparent labeling program for U.S. beef products. Help us reach that goal through a time or monetary donation. Please consider becoming a member, purchasing a Support Your Local Rancher sign, or calling your Member of Congress.
NCBA’s Ethan Lane, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, issued the following statement:
“NCBA understands that the practices alleged by USCA’s petition are a concern to cattle producers and we share a commitment to clear and truthful labeling. In August, in response to a proposal brought forward by grassroots members of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, NCBA formed a working group to examine the prevalence of the practices alleged in USCA’s petition. We are in the process of gathering information related to current industry labeling practices so we can fully understand the scope of the issue as we identify solutions that work for the industry.
“In general, NCBA members are opposed to requesting additional government regulation on our industry. Until we understand the scope of labeling practices currently being utilized, any rush to regulation is an irresponsible step that can create unnecessary and burdensome regulation. The creation of government policy or regulation is a complex process that requires a thorough understanding of the problem and the involvement of many stakeholders. As our industry is fully aware, any rush toward government regulation can create unintended consequences that take years to unwind.”
–Compiled using statements from USCA and NCBA
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