Meat Industry Refuses To Say What Country Meat Comes From


Must the food we eat be so mysterious? Grist writes:

Enjoy knowing where your grocery-store beef comes from, while you can: industry groups are suing the U.S. government because they don’t want to have to tell you the origins of your meat.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented new rules in May that require packages of meat to be sold with labels that identify the country in which the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. The rules also outlaw the mixing of cuts of meat from different countries in the same package. That pleased food-safety advocates, environmentalists, and some farmers.

But it angered large meat producers and grocery chains. “The result will serve only to confuse consumers, raise prices, and put companies out of business in the process,” Mark Dopp, of the American Meat Institute, a trade group, said in a statement. On Tuesday, the AMI and other groups announced they were suing to have the rules overturned.

  • Anarchy Pony

    God forbid you ever make a rule that could hurt a multinational corporation’s bottom line by a percent or two.

    • I_abide

      Don’t be so blind, think of their children! Are you going to tell me you can look an executives kid in the face on Christmas (or Satan’s b-day whichever they celebrate) and tell them they can only get one gold plated Mercedes this year because “people need to stay informed?

      • Anarchy Pony

        Reminds me of the South Park episode on pirating music, and they go to Lars Ulrich’s house and talk about how he can’t get a gold plated shark tank built into his bar.

        • I_abide

          That’s more or less where I stole it from. When you can’t be genuinely clever… plagiarize.

          • Anarchy Pony

            There’s nothing new under the sun.

  • Cory Roesler

    Providing consumers with relevant information pertaining the origins of their food on the packaging, so they can make informed decisions about their purchases is going to confuse them? The last time I checked, (Just now) the LESS information I have about a particular consumable, the more confused I am.

  • Hadrian999

    that’s one reason I love living in the midwest, I know where my food comes from, I can go meet the farmer and pick out my cow or pig if i want. Don’t depend on law makers, do business with small butchers that will tell you where they buy their meat.

  • sambrown299

    The main reason why I am vegan in this country..