MARYLAND - Maryland lawmakers want you to know what you're eating. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, are calling on the USDA to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to make sure that American families know where their meat comes from. The legislation would adjust the rules, requiring retailers to clearly label where meat was raised and processed.
Senator Cardin said "consumers have the right to know where their food was raised. The best poultry in the world is grown right here in Maryland, and when Marylanders purchase chicken at their local supermarket they may expect that they are buying fresh local chicken. However, the only way consumers will know for sure if they can look for a label clearly identifying the country of origin of the meat and poultry they purchase. It's time for USDA to act on this long overdue provision from the 2008 Farm Bill to make sure American families know where their dinner came from."
Senator Mikulski said "Americans deserve to know where their food comes from so that they can buy the food that is best for them and their families. The USDA needs to take action and bring their rules up to date to better provide Americans with accurate information about their food."