| I couldn't read the article because WSJ requires substantial money,
| (Do both of you two subscribe?) -- Would anyone like to quote it? --
| but what they say and what the full story is are often two different
| things. Or one is their driving force but the other follows.
There are several articles here:
I think this may be the original regulation:
I don't understand where the WTO gets authority
to make these rulings, but the meat industry doesn't
want the regulations, anyway. As with GMOs, the
suppliers don't want the public to even be introduced
to the idea that country of origin might matter. That
clears the way to set up regulation-free cattle factories
in 3rd-world countries.
| Sure the WTO wants to promote trade, I guess, and didn't like the law,
| but now the country of origin no longer needs to be on the label, and
| if the other country's food safety regs (read that China, and maybe
| other places) are weak, customers won't be able to consider that
| before buying. The Obama admin was opposed to this change, but it
| was part of the big budget bill with a bunch of compromises.
| The only fresh, maybe previously frozen, not sure, meat I recall being
| labeled like this was lamb from New Zealand. I don't think I've ever
| seen beef from Argentina, if that is imported, and afa packaged meats
| in forms that don't require refrigeration, I don't know.
It's probably not a big deal in the US, since we produce
so much meat, anyway. But as you say, it's nice to be
able to make one's own decisions. As with GMOs, the ban
on labeling is a clear admission that there's reason for
Personally I won't buy *any* food when it's not
indicated where it came from. I thought country of
origin was required on all produce, but I'm not actually
certain whether that's still true. Unfortunately, the
markings are not always true. More than once I've
pointed out to clerks in WF that their signs are not
right. For instance, garlic that's clearly labeled as
from Argentina on the package, yet the WF sign says
California. I've yet to come across a WF clerk who
cares or even seems to understand what I'm talking
about. So... what am I to think of the garlic labeled
as coming from California but which is just out loose,
not in a package with labeling?