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Canada Concerned That VCOOL Rule and Prop 12 Could Disrupt Supply Chains
Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay met with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in Washington D.C. last month to discuss strengthening agricultural ties between the two countries.
During their meeting, Minister MacAulay raised proposed changes in voluntary country-of-origin labeling (VCOOL) regulations for meat and livestock. These regulations along with California's Proposition 12 could restrict trade and disrupt supply chains, said the Minister.
The USDA proposed a rule last March that allows the voluntary “Product of USA” or “Made in the USA” label claim to be used on...
Perdue Farms Petitions USDA to Separately Define “Free-Range," “Pasture-Raised” Poultry Label Claims
This month, Perdue Farms submitted a petition to the USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) to modify the definition of “free-range” poultry and to separately define “pasture-raised” poultry, in an effort to resolve consumer confusion between the two terms.
Through this petition, Perdue requested that the federal agency:
- Amend labeling compliance regulations under the Poultry Products Inspection Act to remove “pasture-raised” from “free-range” synonymous language
- Separately and clearly define “pasture-raised” claims for meat and poultry products to include that...
Industry Reacts to USDA’s Proposed "Product of USA" Requirements
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule featuring new regulatory requirements for the “Product of USA” label claim.
The rule would allow for the “Product of USA” or “Made in the USA” label to be used on meat, poultry and egg products only when they are derived from animals born, raised, slaughtered and processed in the United States.
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) said the USDA’s latest proposal would “result in trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico costing American consumers and businesses billions of dollars...
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