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On July 15, 2020 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed rule making titled “Made in USA Labeling Rule.” In its rule, the FTC proposes to strengthen its Made in USA labeling requirements to reserve the USA label only for products in which, among other things, all significant processing that goes into the product occurs in the United States and all or virtually all ingredients of the product are made and sourced in the United States.

The FTC is specifically seeking public comments on whether there are any current statutes, rules or policies that may conflict with the FTC’s proposal.

R-CALF believes this is a chance to help re-instate MCOOL or mandatory country of origin labeling. In a press release R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard said, “The conflict is this: While the FTC wants to ensure that only products actually made in the USA bear a “Made in USA” label, the Secretary of Agriculture has a policy that says a foreign beef product that enters the USA and is subject to only minor processing, such as being taken out of a big box and packaged in smaller boxes, can bear a “Product of USA” label.” Bullard continued with,  “This is the very kind of conflict the FTC needs to hear about. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA)’s policy that allows a USA label on imported beef deceives consumers and should be considered fraud.”

Other agriculture and cattle industry groups have supported voluntary labeling, but have not supported mandatory labeling since it was repealed in the US following a WTO ruling.

To submit comments go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FTC-2020-0056-0001 and click on the comment box. Comments close September 14.

Cattlemen and women across the country recently met in Deadwood South Dakota to join in the R-CALF USA 2020 annual convention titled, “Rally For The American Rancher.”

R-CALF board member Kyle Hemmert recapped the happenings and policies in an interview with the Rural Radio Network. Hemmert was excited to see what he estimated as 400 plus members and guests came to the annual convention. Hemmert remarked that many were also new and young members.

As for policy and direction for the next year, R-CALF plans to be busy continuing to work on several lawsuits and petitions relating the beef industry.  Hemmert mentioned that he’s an instant gratification person and likes to see quick results, but several of these project will take time and producers have to stay the course to see the full results. Outside of the anti-trust lawsuits, R-CALF is also pushing and petitioning for a vote on the  Beef Checkoff, which according to Hemmert has not been voted in several decades.

Hemmert concluded the interview by thanking all of the local media that has helped tell the stories of ranchers.

Listen to the full interview here: