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Too Much Information?


Date posted - April 4, 2013


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved to rework how meats are sold at grocery stores.   According to the NY Daily News under this plan meats would have to include labels informing the consumer where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/meat-labels-showing-origins-product-irk-canada-mexico-article-1.1307228

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10 Responses to “Too Much Information?”

  1. Lee Ann says:

    I think it is a good idea. I would also like to see what medications it had before slaughtered, but that’s not going to happen.

    Funny story, I have online friends in New Zealand and Canada. And we were all in a chatroom discussing gifts for people. And both from NZ and Canada said to each other, “Be careful buying any food from them, its in the US, you know.” Everybody else is afraid of our food. it used to be we were afraid of everybody else’s food.

    • 77Orab says:

      LeAnne, perhaps you sould go live somewhere else. Your posts make you sound very anti anything in Iowa or the U.S.

      • Lee Ann says:

        Since I have grandchildren here, I am not leaving in the near future. I don’t think I have said many bad things about Iowa, at all. Or the US, and I will repeat what I have said before to a comment of “if you don’t love it, leave it.” And the answer is “I love my country, and it is my duty to help fix the things that are wrong. People who leave, are merely running away.” Other than comments about medication in animals, what have I said negative about Iowa? And that wasn’t about Iowa, it was about the medication put into a lot of commercially grown animals, which is causing many medical problems because the bacteria gets used to the antibiotics and when we get sick, the medication doesn’t work. I repeat what have I said negative where I was not having comments about how we can fix the things that are wrong?

        • Food Producer says:

          Lee Ann,
          Its pretty easy to talk like you do when your stomach is full isnt’t it. Lets see what you have to say when you can’t eat for a few days. The American farmer is proud of what they do, respectful of the animals they raise, and happy to feed people like you!

      • Lee Ann says:

        As for the comment about being careful of food from the US, did you read the first two words? “Funny story.”

  2. Tim says:

    Why? Explain to me the benefit of knowing where an animal was processed. I can understand a label saying it is ‘organic’, ‘antibiotic free’. Kosher/Halal means really very little as far as how the animal was fed. (if you insisit on range free or cage free, don’t be fooled, that label really means nothing) Even tho, I have raised animals that were all three, and I did nothing different in the husbandry of those animals. Yet the processors was able to label them as such and collect a huge premium. To each his/her own. Some people need for health reasons to know the product they buy is antibiotic free or organic, I understand that. But to label it with the origin, I am not convinced. Seems like just another regulation being imposed.

    • Doug says:

      Just like anything sold to a consumer, when given a choice some people prefer to buy “Made in the USA”. Tim, wasn’t the push for a lot of that labeling triggered by Canadian processors taking advantage of a US vs. Canadian dollar imbalance & pushing meat into our markets that drove prices into the red for our meat producers?

  3. Summer says:

    If its gonna raise the price of meat I would be against it. I already cant afford groceries these days.

  4. Ashshade says:

    Generaly the antibiotics used in animals are of a different class than those used in humans. So our bugs don’t get used to the drugs that they give to animals. If an animal is slaughtered and they find drug residue, they scrap the meat and Mr. farmer gets in trouble.

    • Lee Ann says:

      There is on antibiotic that feed lots are giving to cattle that causes immunity from cipro You can google it. Of course, if antibiotics are found in animal meat , they are supposed to be removed from the line. But I have worked around food processing for years, and I have seen the USDA inspector walk away too.

      I personally believe that MOST food we have is healthy. I am reserving judgment for the GMO corn, etc. I have found that they are going to allow artificial sweeteners in whole milk in the stores without having to put that on the label. Such as in yogurt, pudding, etc. the USDA is going to have a hearing on this next month. So we still have to be wary of what people will do to make money.

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