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Did You Know: US Meat Labels Reveal Origins – Show Born, Raised, Slaughtered Locales

by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society:

Did you know that while meat in the US has been labeled with the country of origin, it now includes far more details like where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered? The move is hailed by meat consumers who want to know what they are sinking their teeth into. Unsurprisingly, the meat industry opposed the measure.

The Country of Origin Labeling rule went into effect in May of 2013, with companies given 6 months to clear out their current stock ”to clear the chain of commerce, thus preventing retailer and supplier confusion and alleviating some of the economic burden on regulated entities,” as U.S. Department of Agriculture puts it. As of late November of 2013, consumers have more information with which to make purchasing decisions. If you prefer local meats, and you should, you can buy knowing where the lifecycle of your meat occurred.

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