You would think that meat labeled “Product of U.S.A.” would come from cattle actually raised in the U.S.
Surprisingly (or maybe not), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t see it that way.
Under current federal government labeling policy, imported beef can be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” as long as it passes through a U.S.-based meat inspection plant, or is blended with beef from cattle raised in the U.S.
That goes for 100% grass-fed beef, too. And the policy is killing U.S. grass-fed beef producers.
The American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) have submitted a petition to the USDA asking its Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) Agency change its labeling policy—to protect U.S. ranchers and consumers.
Post by lilolpeapicker on Jul 31, 2018 7:20:09 GMT -5
Just what they want to do....make it more confusing for the consumer. Maybe we should have a new organization with new classification making it clearer, one whereby the members are consumers not corrupt government officials.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
If people would even cut back a little on their meat consumption it could benefit their health and the planet.
And if one is cutting back then splurge and buy organic locally sourced meats. Our Farmer's Market sells them and our Food Coop (which is a decent sized grocery store) sells them. Not cheap. But definitely a cleaner, healthier source of meat protein that is beneficial all the way around.
Just my 2 cents...
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
Post by desertwoman on Aug 1, 2018 17:50:03 GMT -5
SpringRain, I cook most things (even warm things up on the stove) in cast iron skillets. That helps with iron intake too. However if you are post menopausal you don't need the same amounts of iron as younger women. Here is a good article from Mayo Clinic:
desertwoman, thanks for the suggestions. Truthfully, I forget I even had cast iron pans! It's time to explore the cupboards to see what else I have that I've forgotten about. My mother used to use cast iron, as did my father before he became unable to cook. As I clean out his house in preparation for a sale, I'll probably find other cooking utensils that I'll keep, including a large roaster and a pressure cooker.
Some of those utensils are so old that I don't often remember their purpose.