Congress Repeals Meat Labeling Law; Consumers & Businesses React

Congress Repeals Meat Labeling Law; Consumers & Businesses React
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Retailers across the country are doing away with “Made in the USA” labels for beef and pork.

It’s a major win for the meat industry, but not for all consumers.

Linda Brower runs a cafe in Schell City

“I like to know where my meat’s coming from and you know, I have a business so for my customers like to be able to tell them where it’s from.”

But Andy Cloud, owner of “Cloud’s Meat Market”, says it will save customers money.

“There was going to be tariffs that were going to be placed on the united states from incoming meat from Canada and Mexico and that’s going to be the tune of over one billion dollars and so that’s going to get passed to the consumer. And that was one of the big concerns with congress was with that tariff that was going to be placed.”

It will also save businesses extra costs and headache for meat processing and tracking

Cloud says “People who grind, they may grind from multiple sources to make hamburger or to make sausages, products like that. So you had to segregate different country’s products so that way you could accurately label it.”

Customer Gary Crawford says “I think if they’re going to mix meat and stuff like that we need to know what it is. I want to know what I’m eating. ‘Course we raise our own for that very reason. But it’s very, very important for our health.”

Cloud says when it comes to labeling safety was never the primary concern for lawmakers.

Even though there’s no longer going to be the country of origin labels for meat to be able to be imported into the United States, it does have to meet USDA standards. And any processing plant that’s outside the United States they have to go to a food safety assessment.”

All the meat sold at Cloud’s is farmed locally or in America. Cloud says that’s something customers are increasingly seeking out and he will continue to advertise.

Brower says “I think it’s a good idea that they’re going to keep the sign up.”

The labeling issue is expected to come up in Congress once again as Vermont will become the first state to require labeling on genetically modified food this summer. The House passed a similar bill as well that the Senate has yet to act upon.