Trillion dollar omnibus bill passed Friday repeals mandatory country-of-origin labeling.
The last-minute spending bill passed by congress last week repealed mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork.
An attachment tacked onto the newly constructed omnibus bill revealed that the World Trade Organization (WTO) said Mexico and Canada would charge $1 billion in tariffs if the labels weren’t removed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture promised to quickly amend the new regulations in order to reflect the change of provisions on pork and beef.
The agency said all imported meat would still face the same food safety tests.
“The omnibus bill repealed the country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for muscle cuts of beef and pork, and ground beef and pork,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. “Effective immediately, USDA is not enforcing the COOL requirements for muscle cut and ground beef and pork outlined in the January 2009 and May 2013 final rules.” Source
Evidently, our leaders feel that Americans don’t need to know where their food is coming from. It’s unimportant for us, apparently, to be knowledgeable about what we’re putting into our bodies.
This is yet another example of big government bureaucrats preventing we the people from holding the FDA accountable for any potential mishaps. In a free and open society, the populace should be fully aware of where the food at supermarkets across the country came from.