Farmers Union Urges Producer,
Consumer Comment on Beef Labeling Rules

Waco, Texas - Texas Farmers Union (TFU) is encouraging agriculture producers and consumers to offer feedback to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on labeling of U.S. meat products.

Through October 9, FSIS is accepting public comments concerning the voluntary labeling of U.S. cattle and fresh beef products. TFU sent a letter earlier this month supporting mandatory labeling of beef born, raised, slaughtered and processed in the United States.

We strongly support the current definition of U.S. beef coming from cattle born, raised, slaughtered and processed in the United States," said TFU President Wes Sims. "All other definitions of U.S. beef would be misleading to consumers and disingenuous to U.S. producers."

"We deserve the right to know our their food comes from," Sims continued. "We buy clothes, cars, toys and other manufactured goods that bear the country-of-origin label, and yet there is not requirement for country-of-origin labels for food we feed our families. As a matter of choice, many consumers may wish to purchase meat from animals born and raised under strict U.S. standards."

According to Sims, food labeling can be a valuable marketing tool to help promote products and to allow producers to better compete in the marketplace.

"Our nation has an international reputation for growing and producing high quality beef," Sims said. "A definition other than 'born, raised, slaughtered and processed' diminishes the integrity of the U.S. livestock industry."

Get your copy of the FSIS letter from the front page of this web site.

Texas Farmers Union, P.O. Box 738, Sweetwater, Tx 79556