Product of the USA: Ag industry supports USDA’s move to improve transparency on food labels

The USDA recently made a landmark decision aimed at enhancing transparency in labeling American products as a “Product of the U.S.A.”

In a recent move by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the labeling of products made in the United States could soon become more precise, marking a significant step towards transparency in the agricultural industry. This decision, widely lauded by various agricultural groups and lawmakers, holds significant implications for consumers who seek clarity regarding the origin of their food.

In a recent conversation with the media, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) emphasized the importance of this decision, asserting that consumers have a fundamental right to know the source of their meats.

“I’m glad that the USDA finalized the “Product of USA” rule that they put out,” Sen. Grassley said. “That’s something that the consumer ought to be entitled to because—you know, if your t-shirts are labeled ‘Made in China,’ why shouldn’t you be able to tell where your meat comes from?”

The “Product of the USA” label will provide consumers with honest information, indicating that the cow, chicken, or pig was born, raised, slaughtered, and processed in the United States.

The USDA also published updated labeling guidance on the use of voluntary U.S.-origin label claims, which provides businesses with examples of claims as well as the types of documentation that establishments may maintain to support the use of the claims.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) expressed their satisfaction with the USDA’s decision, welcoming steps taken to close labeling loopholes. Similarly, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) said, that while they are appreciative of the USDA’s announcement, will continue to advocate for mandatory measures to ensure full transparency in labeling practices on American food products.

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