Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Push for “meaningful” grass fed meat label

Nine ag and consumer groups are urging the USDA to reinstate a “meaningful grassfed label for meat.” The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) had overseen a voluntary label standard but determined in January that it did not have statutory authority over it. Now, the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) will oversee a grassfed meat label. Ferd Hoefner, policy director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, says any standard lower than what the AMS had would be unacceptable. The FSIS is now updating its guidance for the approval of animal production claims on food labels. Much of the grassfed beef sold in the US is imported but there’s a growing domestic market for it.  Brownfield

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