- Presumably the AMS believes it will help bring the U.S. into closer compliance with the determination of the WTO Appellate Body.
- Perhaps the clarification of the term “retailer” is intended to take care of this although that rationale is not made clear in the language of the proposed rule.
An exception is granted when “animals are raised in another country and the United States, [in which case] the raising that occurs in the United States may take precedence over the minimal raising that occurred in the animal’s country of birth. Accordingly, under this proposed rule, the production step related to any raising occurring outside the United States may be omitted from the origin designation of these products (e.g., ‘Born in Country X, Raised and Slaughtered in the United States’ in lieu of ‘Born and Raised in Country X, Raised and Slaughtered in the United States’)….
“This omission is not permitted in the relatively rare situation where an animal was born in the United States, raised in another country (or countries) and then raised and slaughtered in the United States….”
In the second scenario, “the origin designation for meat derived from animals imported for immediate slaughter would be required to include information as to the production steps taking place in the countries listed on the origin designation. However, the country of raising for animals imported for immediate slaughter…shall be designated as the country from which they were imported (e.g., ‘Born and Raised in Country X, Slaughtered in the United States’).”
In addition “this proposed rule would eliminate the allowance for any commingling of muscle-cut covered commodities of different origins…. All origin designations would be required to include specific information as to the place of birth, raising, and slaughter of the animal from which the meat is derived. Removing the commingling allowance allows consumers to benefit from more specific labels.”
For muscle cuts that are imported into the U.S., the label can read “Product of Country X” as under current regulations or it can “include more specific information related to production steps, provided records to substantiate the claims are maintained and the claim is consistent with other applicable Federal legal requirements.” Thus the label could read, “Born in Country X, Raised in Country Y, and Slaughtered in Country Z.”