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On Tuesday the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) issued a press release reaffirming its policy supporting voluntary country-of-origin labeling (COOL).
“Specifically, NCBA is seeking solutions to the labeling requirements and verification procedures in place for beef products labeled as ‘Product of the U.S.A,’ ‘Made in the U.S.A.,’ or similar origin claims, which will resolve the concerns of beef producers, work at the speed of commerce, meet America’s trade obligations and prevent confusion among consumers,” the statement said.
As a result of the NCBA statement, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association issued a statement calling for “accurate meat labels.”
“In October, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted a petition for rulemaking to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service requesting the use of certain labeling claims, such as ‘Product of USA,’ ‘Made in USA,’ and ‘USA Beef,’ to be used exclusively for meat products derived from cattle born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds recently introduced a bill in Congress that would aim to accomplish the same thing,” the statement said.