TFU Disappointed in Ag Committee Vote
On Country-Of-Origin Labeling

WACO, TEXAS (August 1, 2001) -- Texas Farmers Union (TFU) President Wes Sims said today, "We are disappointed that the Agriculture Committee did not adopt mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat, fruits, vegetables and farm-raised fish identifying the country in which the product was born, raised and processed. Voluntary labeling has been in effect for almost 50 years and has not been of much benefit for U.S. producers and consumers."

The House Agriculture committee rejected the mandatory country-of-origin amendment to the farm bill offered by representatives John Thune, R-S.D., and Mike Ross, D-Ark., that would have mandated country-of-origin labeling, with the requirement that food obtaining a U.S. label be born, raised and processed in the U.S. This measure would provide U.S. producers with a new marketing tool and provide consumers the option to choose U.S.-raised meat and produce.

"As consumers become more conscious of the food they put on their families' tables and as producers look for new and better ways to market their high-quality product, Congress must pass this measure that has vast public support," stated Sims. TFU will continue to work with the full House and the Senate in order to adopt this important legislation.

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