Beef Labelling in U.S.

A new law establishes that labels must identify the country or countries where every step of production took place, such as birth, rearing and slaughter of the animal.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

From an article by the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a final rule to amend the provisions of labeling for cuts of beef under the program Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). This regulation provides that the label must identify the country or countries where every stage of production, such as birth, rearing and slaughter, were carried out, including the United States. In addition, by requiring this degree of specificity, this proposed rule would also eliminate any mingling of cuts of beef from different countries, avoiding statements such as "Product of the U.S. and Canada."

This proposal consists of a program of information for consumers to help them in their buying decisions. In this area, the proposal will change the COOL labeling requirements for retail labels on cuts of beef, which must provide consumers with information about the origin of various food products, such as cuts of beef (including veal), lamb, pork, goat and chicken, ground beef, lamb, pork, goat and chicken, fish and shellfish from hatcheries and the wild, perishable agricultural products, nuts, peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and ginseng.

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