New rules for labeling meat go into effect in US

Beef (KSN File Photo)

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Consumers will soon see labels on their meat telling them where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has required country of origin labels on seafood since 2005, and meat and other products since 2009.

But the rules that went into effect for meat on Thursday provide more detailed information. Instead of seeing a label that says, “Product of the U.S.A. and Canada,” shoppers might find one that says “Born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”

Meat processed or packaged before Thursday can still be sold with older labels.

The new labels are meant to bring the U.S. in line with World Trade Organization standards after the organization determined the old labels discriminated against livestock imported from Canada and Mexico.

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