Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Colorado wants COOL beef signs

Two Colorado politicians have introduced a bill titled “Beef Country of Origin Recognition System” that would require retailers to post signs informing consumers whether beef was derived exclusively from animals that were born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States.

Beef farmers are behind the move.

“The Beef COORS bill corrects the federal government’s deceptive labeling scheme by reserving the 'USA Beef' placard only for beef exclusively derived from animals that were born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States,” said the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) and the United Stockgrowers of America. They were quoting State Representative Kimmi Lewis who, with state senator Vicki Marble, is sponsoring the legislation. 

Federal regulations allow beef products derived from cattle raised in other countries but slaughtered in the United States to be labeled as “Product of the U.S.A.”

Lewis and Marble introduced a similar bill during last year’s General Assembly.

Canadian farmers spent millions of dollars to successfully challenge several U.S. federal government attempts to make country of origin labeling mandatory.

The labeling law made it expensive for packers to keep separate slaughter, cooler and processing lines and so they would pay less for Canadian livestock, and some wouldn’t buy any.

That backed up livestock in Canada, lowering the price of all Canadian cattle and hogs.