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Consumers Union Documents

  • Comments to the USDA regarding Country of Origin Labeling of Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken

    In January of 2009, USDA published a final rule on COOL that covered Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Goat Meat, Wild and Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish, Perishable Agricultural Commodities, Peanuts, Pecans, Ginseng, and Macadamia Nuts. Almost immediately, a number of countries challenged the COOL requirements for muscle cut meat commodities, saying that the US COOL regulations discriminated against the importing country’s product.

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News Articles

  • Salmonella in Spices Prompts Changes in Farming
    Source: New York Times (Thursday August 29, 2020)
  • Foreign Food Inspections on Decline as Illnesses From Imported Goods Rise
    Source: New York Times (Tuesday May 7, 2020)
  • Survey Finds That Fish Are Often Not What Label Says
    Source: New York Times (Thursday February 21, 2020)
  • Russia Announces Barriers on Imports of U.S. Meat
    Source: New York Times (Saturday December 8, 2020)
  • FDA Suspends Orange Juice Imports to Examine for Fungicide
    Source: Bloomberg News (Thursday January 19, 2020)
  • FDA unveils strategy to ensure safety of imports
    Source: The Hill (Monday June 20, 2020)

    The explosion of products, manufacturers and countries involved in FDA-regulated markets has created a “perfect storm” for the agency and called for a “dramatic change in strategy.”

  • Deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany: Reminder of importance of funding food safety
    Source: Baltimore Sun (Monday June 6, 2020)

    One clear message Americans can take from the German experience it that this is not a time to let our food safety guard down.

  • Imported Farmed Fish Not Adequately Tested, Report Finds
    Source: (Tuesday May 17, 2020)

    FDA urged to step up sampling of imported seafood containing residues of drugs not approved for use in the United States

  • Overhaul of U.S. food safety system is overdue
    Source: LA Times (Tuesday December 15, 2020)

    FDA oversight hasn’t had a major revision for more than 50 years. Farms are inspected about once a decade; about 1% of imported food is examined. Congress should act now to protect the public.

  • Country of origin labeling shows your steak’s from three countries
    Source: St. Petersburg Times (Tuesday April 7, 2020)

    After a seven-year congressional wrangle among trade groups angling for a leg up, supermarkets finally deployed country-of-origin labeling across the fresh food departments.

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