Meat Origins Labeling Act
 
Author: Benjamin Limpich, Senior Legislative Analyst
Updated: January 12th, 2016

          When you enter a market’s meat section, you might notice a small rectangular sticker on some of the packages of meat noting that this particular piece of beef was born in Brazil, raised in Mexico, and slaughtered in the United States. This is because of the 2002 Farm Bill, which forces meat suppliers to provide this information to consumers. Soon, that may not be required by the government. H.R. 2393 tosses those labeling requirements out the window for a couple important reasons.

          Both Canada and Mexico say that being forced to label their meat unfairly discriminates against their own cattle and swine industries, and according to the World Trade Organization, America is the guilty party in this international feud. America faces up to three billion dollars in fines from its neighbors for trade treaty violations, and could suffer retaliatory tariffs if they aren’t compliant. The flip side is that the vast majority of Americans support labelling where their meat came from. People may want to avoid Brazilian beef since cattle fuel Amazonian deforestation, and others have voiced their patriotic desire to only support pure American Angus. According to the polls, most Americans want to know where their meat comes from, are you one of those people? Or do you want America to stop labelling foreign meat products? With this information in hand, feel free to contact your state senators to let them know what you think about this issue.
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(H.R. 2393: Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015)