Coalition Perceives Benefit in Country-of-Origin Food Labeling.
The letter claims that U.S. consumers prefer to know the country in which their food is produced. Under S 280, fresh produce must be grown and processed in the United States and meat products must be from animals born, raised and slaughtered in the United States to be labeled as "Made in the USA." Currently, there is nothing stopping U.S. fruit, vegetable or meat producers from putting a "Product of the USA" label on their products. Under S 280, these commodities would be required to carry country-of-origin labeling, and it would be the responsibility of the retailer to make certain labels were attached. The bill also would grant USDA the authority to coordinate enforcement with each state.
The coalition notes that manufactured goods sold in the United States have carried mandatory country-of-origin labels since the 1930s. "Today, at a time when retailers sell fresh produce from dozens of countries, our nation's fruits and vegetables need to carry that same important information," according to the groups' letter to Harkin and Lugar. The House recently passed a country-of-origin labeling measure for fresh produce as part of its farm bill package.
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|Comment:||Coalition Perceives Benefit in Country-of-Origin Food Labeling.|
|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 5, 2001|
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