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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Meatpackers Fight New Meat Labeling Rules

The meat section at a Hyvee supermarket in Columbia, Missouri. (Abbie Fentress Swanson)

The pork cooler at a Hyvee grocery store in Columbia, Mo., is full of meat. New rules that just went into full effect force meatpackers to detail where much of this meat was born, raised and slaughtered. (Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media)

When you pick up a steak or pork chops and look at the labeling, do you get all the information you need to know? Under new rules that went into effect last month, meat packers now have to detail where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

The meat packing industry wants Congress to repeal those rules, and there’s talk lawmakers may do so in the next farm bill. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Abbie Fentress Swanson of Harvest Public Media reports.

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