Meat industry welcomes decision to cancel the labeling law

owsFrom now on, you would not be able to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.  After over 10 years of backbiting, Congress canceled a labeling law a month ago that obliged retailers to incorporate the animal’s nation of origin on packages of red meat. It’s a noteworthy triumph for the meat business, which had battled the law in Congress and the courts following the mid 2000s.

Officials said they had no real option except to dispose of the labels after the World Trade Organization ruled against them multiple times. The WTO as of late approved Canada and Mexico, which had tested the law, to start more than $1 billion in financial striking back against the United States.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee said that after cancellation of this labeling law the US exporters now could breathe a sigh of relief. The long-time adversary of the labels, Pat Roberts, added the cancelation helped a huge year-end spending bill. After the law was passed, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the government quickly would quit requiring the labels.

Shopper groups say the nullification is a mistake as buyers are requesting more information on their food bundles. Advocates say the labels help shoppers get more information on the goods they purchase and thereby make informed purchasing choices and empower purchase of American meat. Congress initially required the labels in 2002 in the midst of reasons for alarm of mad cow disease from imported steers. The labels weren’t on most bundles until 2009, however, mainly because of postponements pushed by the meat business.

The issue is relied upon to come up again in 2016, with Vermont set to require labeling genetically modified food this mid year.  The day the spending bill passed, Vilsack said he would attempt to offer Congress some assistance in coming up with a center ground on labeling of engineered foods in a way that doesn’t make huge business sector interruption.