04 Aug '12, 12pm

USDA To Examine the Validity of Misrepresented "Antibiotic-Free" Labeling

USDA To Examine the Validity of Misrepresented "Antibiotic-Free" Labeling

Food Safety News reported that the USDA has recently responded to a letter from Consumers Union (CU) regarding the validity of meat company claims such as “antibiotic-free.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that the agency would look into claims of unapproved and unclear meat labeling. Specific labeling definitions included: antibiotic-free no antibiotic growth promotants no antibiotic residue According to a letter written from CU : We have long urged USDA to take steps to formally establish a meaningful, transparent and clear standard behind the “no antibiotics used” label claims. In 2002, the USDA unsuccessfully attempted to define “no antibiotics used” and never completed the process. In February 2009, Consumers Union reiterated our concerns about the lack of a formal definition to Secretary Vilsack. Specifically, we urge the USDA to formally define the claim as...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/usda-examine-validity-fa...

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