Congress had to finally revoke the labeling law for red meat after a struggle of over a decade. Under the law, retailers had to mention the country of origin on the packaging of the meat. The fight has been going on between the meat industry and Congress since the early-2000s. Now, it will not be possible to know the raising and slaughtering destination of beef or pork. The repetitive negative ruling by the World Trade Organization ((WTO) forced the lawmakers to revoke the law.
“U.S. exporters can now breathe a sigh of relief,” said Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. Following the revocation of law, the government will instantly drop its requirement for labels, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The revocation comes as dissatisfaction since the consumers demand additional information regarding the food items they consume, according to consumer groups. The buying decisions of the people were affected to a great extent by the labels and also encourage purchase of American meat. The labeling law was first introduced in 2002 due to the increasing fear of mad cow disease from imported cattle.
It became impossible for Congress to avoid revocation after the WTO rejected all its appeals and a possibility of retaliation came in the picture. The National Farmers Union has criticized the revocation and believes that the retailers will now be able to easily mislead the consumers, said Roger Johnson of the group.