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Labeling Meat

Posted by Carissa Team Tink Staffer    0 Comment(s)    Add a Comment  comment-icon.png
07/05/2015 08:36 PM

Greetings from Tink World!

As part of my little family’s 4th of July celebration, we bought some inexpensive fireworks and sparklers for Cohen to enjoy. Out of curiosity, we looked for the “made in” label to see where the fireworks were manufactured. Sadly, they were made in China. I can get over this because at least the label is present. I know where these products were made. That can’t be said about the meat that is bought in a grocery store.

Recently, the House of Representatives voted to remove the country of origin label from beef, pork and chicken. That strips the consumer from knowing where the meat was grown and processed. It’s absurd that non-consumables must be labeled, but our food, the very thing that provides nourishment, doesn’t have to be labeled. What are they really trying to hide?

According to Food Safety News, the bill was introduced after the World Trade Organization allowed Mexico and Canada to impose major tariffs against the US. This is because the labeling of meats “unfairly discriminates against meat imports and gives the advantage to domestic meat products.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to know where my food comes from. I believe it’s my right as a consumer to know that information before I buy the product. This is not a step forward in the food movement. Instead, it’s a giant leap back. You have the right to vote, use your fork. Buy local! You can also contact your representatives to let them know how you feel about this decision. Make some noise!

As for markets, we will be at the Evans Towne Market on Thursday, July 9 from 4-7 p.m. Hopefully, we won’t get rained out this week! Then, on Saturday, July 11, we will be at the Decatur Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Well, that’s all for now. Have a great week. We’ll see you at the market.