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USDA proposes standard for naturally raised marketing claim for meat.

USDA is seeking comments on a proposed voluntary standard for a naturally raised marketing claim for livestock and meat. The proposal is entitled: U.S. Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims, Naturally Raised Claim for Livestock and the Meat and Meat Products Derived from such Livestock.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) works with representatives of the various agricultural commodity marketing chains and others to establish or revise U.S. standards for nearly 240 agricultural products. The standards are used in the marketplace to specify the quality of commodities. Standards provide a common language for trade and a means of measuring value in marketing agricultural products. Increasingly, livestock and meat producers are using production or processing claims to distinguish their products in the marketplace. AMS, through its voluntary certification and audit programs, verifies the accuracy of these claims.

The proposed standard will establish the minimum requirements for those producers who choose to operate a USDA verified program involving a naturally raised claim. The naturally raised marketing claim also will be a voluntary program. The request for comments was published in the Nov. 28 Federal Register. Comments must be received on or before Jan. 28.
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