Under current interpretations, companies have been allowed to import meat from abroad, put it through some minimal additional processing, and sell it for a higher price as a “Product of U.S.A.”
This puts U.S. farmers raising and processing animals domestically at a disadvantage, forcing them to compete with imported goods that are mislabeled in the market.
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service should clarify and strengthen the language in its policy book to ensure that only meats that are substantially of domestic origin may carry the “Product of U.S.A.” label. ACT NOW >>
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently introduced new legislation, the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act (S.1528), which would require genetically engineered salmon to be labeled as “genetically engineered” or “GE.”
“These ‘Frankenfish’ can wreak havoc upon wild stocks and pose a serious threat to the livelihoods of fishermen everywhere. Americans deserve to know exactly what the effects of these new species will be upon the ecosystem,” said Senator Murkowski.
The bill also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure an independent, third party scientific review of FDA’s environmental assessment for all GE finfish, including GE salmon, for human consumption.
Call or send a message to your senators and urge them to co-sponsor and support The Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act today. ACT NOW >>