Just in time for those holiday weekend barbecues the racketeers in Congress are getting ready to stick it to Americans once again. The House Agriculture Committee has voted to go along with World Trade Organization demands that meat labels should not reveal what country that an animal came from prior to ending up on that plastic, cellophane wrapped tray in your local grocery store. This is especially grim news coming on the heels of that big, sloppy wet kiss with plenty of tongue delivered to Obama by Mitch McConnell with fast-track authority on the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership and other sovereignty shredding global trade pacts.
As reported by the Washington Post in the story “House panel votes to repeal country-origin meat labeling law”:
A House committee has voted to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a “country-of-origin” labeling law for beef, pork and poultry Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of the law. The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from: for example, “born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States” or “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”
The WTO ruled Monday that the U.S. labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage, rejecting a U.S. appeal after a similar WTO decision last year.
The Obama administration had already revised the labels once to try to comply with previous WTO rulings. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said it’s now up to Congress to change the law to avoid retaliation — such as extra tariffs — from the two neighbor countries.
The law was initially written at the behest of northern U.S. ranchers who compete with the Canadian cattle industry. It also was backed by some consumer advocates who say it helps shoppers know where their food comes from. The supporters have called on the U.S. government to negotiate with Canada and Mexico to find labels acceptable to all countries.
But many in the U.S. meat industry — including meat processors who buy animals from abroad — have called for a repeal of the law, which they have fought for years, including unsuccessfully in federal court.
It was only last year that Pink Slime, the noxious meat filler was making news but doing away with the labeling has the potential for our food supply to get much, much worse. The career gravy train riders in Congress don’t give a rat’s ass as usual because this doesn’t affect them, they don’t have to bother to worry about quality and nutritional value when it comes to putting food on the table for the average family. One you have duped the common folks into being elected to office you can count on a lifetime of perks, government paid healthcare and rewards after leaving. That is if you broker the deals like continue to sell out Americans for chump change.
Further relaxation of standards designed to protect Americans will inevitably lead to corporations getting over, as gut wrenching that this story may be, boatloads of tainted meat could be coming soon. As was reported back in 2013 by A.P. via Yahoo News “Rat meat sold as lamb in latest China food scandal”:
Chinese police have broken up a criminal ring accused of taking meat from rats and foxes and selling it as lamb in the country’s latest food safety scandal.
The Ministry of Public Security released results of a three-month crackdown on food safety violators, saying in a statement that authorities investigated more than 380 cases and arrested 904 suspects.
Among those arrested were 63 people who allegedly ran an operation in Shanghai and the coastal city of Wuxi that bought fox, mink, rat and other meat that had not been tested for quality and safety, processed it with additives like gelatin and passed it off as lamb.
The meat was sold to farmers’ markets in Jiangsu province and Shanghai, it said.
Despite years of food scandals — from milk contaminated with an industrial chemical to the use of industrial dyes in eggs — China has been unable to clean up its food supply chain.
With Chinese food imports already having contributed to scores of pet deaths and Obama’s TPP about to further open U.S. markets to shit from the Pacific Rim the combination of lax to non-existent food safety standards could flood the domestic markets with mystery meat sooner rather than later.