New USDA rule for package meat

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Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:11am

The next time you buy a package of meat at the grocery store, you might notice something different. A new USDA rule requires packages of meat to include labels that tell you *the country* where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

The rule took effect back in May, but companies were given a six-month grace period to make the change. The rule applies to ground meat and so-called "muscle cuts" of beef, veal, lamb, pork, goat, chicken, wild fish, as well as certain nuts and other food products.

A number of companies in the meat industry are opposed to the new rule, which they say raises production costs. Supporters of the measure say consumers have a right to know where their meat comes from.


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