Country Of Origin Labeling Expanded To Chickens, Macadamia Nuts, And Goat Meat

Ever wonder where your goat meat came from? No? Well several Senators did, so their chamber’s version of the farm bill extends country of origin labeling to chickens, macadamia nuts, and goat meat. The labels, which are already required for beef, pork, lamb, peanuts, fresh fruits, and vegetables, should appear by late next year.

At the request of the chicken industry, the Senate farm bill would add chicken to the list of meats that would be labeled by country of origin beginning Oct. 1. Chicken producers have taken the opposite position of most beef and pork groups, which have opposed labeling. Richard Lobb, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council, said the industry asked Senate leaders to add chicken to the list because other countries have expressed an interest in exporting chicken to the United States and consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the origin of food. Lobb noted that 95 percent consumed in the United States is domestically produced, but the Agriculture Department has granted Chile the right to export chicken to the United States and is considering an application from China.

We love patriotic chicken because it tastes like freedom. The macadamia nut provisions were pushed by Hawaii’s Senators, but we still don’t know who lobbied to protect goat meat. The farm bill is currently simmering in conference committee as the House and Senate reconcile their differences.

Senate Slips Chicken Into COOL Farm Bill Provision [Cattle Network]
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  1. clocker says:

    In the past I’ve been hesitant to purchase goat meat because of the dismal labeling.

    With the advent of better information, I’ll get out that recipe for Goat Surprise and see if it really does taste just like chicken.

  2. homerjay says:

    The tainted goat meat epidemic in this country has just gotten to far out of hand. Thank you again, Congress!

  3. Taed says:

    You mean that there are counterfeit nuts out there that are not, in fact, harvested by the poor but hard-working citizens of Macadamia? The horror!

  4. Antediluvian says:

    I’m concerned* about Chinese chicken, but unfortunately, most of the imported chicken will end up in processed products and restaurant food. This means it’ll be harder for consumers to verify the origins of stuff we eat.

    *Reasons I’m concerned:
    – working conditions for employees
    – living conditions for birds
    – high probability of tainting / contaminating
    – if you think meat recalls and Chinese-made product recalls are poorly handled now, wait until they’re combined

  5. synergy says:

    The goat meat push was possibly by a southwest state. We eat plenty of “cabrito” down here in Texas. :)

  6. marsneedsrabbits says:

    How about this: if it’s food, slap a label on it telling me where it is from?

    If I have a right to know where the chicken or goat is from, why not everything else I eat? When they pick and choose, it sounds like Congress critters care more about what is made in their districts than actually doing anything about food safety.

    You know?

  7. clevershark says:

    @clocker: “I’ll get out that recipe for Goat Surprise and see if it really does taste just like chicken.”

    Nope… it tastes like lamb, but the taste is a little stronger, and the meat is usually a little less tender.

  8. damitaimee says:

    “We love patriotic chicken because it tastes like freedom.”

    that was hilarious.
    i don’t think anything could be further from the truth when chickens are in absolutely no way enjoying any type of freedoms what so ever. it is stupid to even suggest that they could taste like freedom.

    what a stupid thing to say.

  9. clocker says:

    @clevershark: “Nope… it tastes like lamb, but the taste is a little stronger, and the meat is usually a little less tender.”
    Maybe that’s the “surprise”.

  10. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Nothing like a good old fashioned family supper using Goat Helper(tm).

    I had goat meat in an Indian restaurant once and it wasn’t bad at all.

  11. vongarr says:

    Mmm…Doner Kebaps…

  12. Rusted says:

    @clevershark: I’ve had adult goat. That was strong.

    @vongarr: You mean Donner Kebobs…..

  13. talky says:

    I’m all for more information on our food, but I still wonder why we can’t force restaurants and fast food joints to provide nutrition information on their food. Anything you buy from the grocery store has nutrition information and now we’re starting to see country of origin, but we still don’t need to know how much fat is in the hamburger we’re eating for lunch?

  14. MrEvil says:

    Why doesn’t this apply to all food, and not just certain pet projects from congress critters? It would simplify the legislative process if we just declared a law saying that if it’s food we need to know on the package where it came from.

    @damitaimee: Spare me the diatribe how chickens should be free and how mass-production poultry farms are like the goulags and concentration camps.

    Chickens are food, if people didn’t eat the chickens and we set them all free, they’d just get run over by vehicles when trying to cross the road. Or they’d get eaten by a whole host of predatory wild and domestic animals and their eggs would be eaten by snakes. Heck, if we set all the chickens free they’d probably kill all the snakes to protect their eggs. Nothing will kill a rattlesnake like a flock of chickens.

    There’s too many causes for OTHER HUMAN BEINGS and you’re worried about some stupid birds that are born and raised to become the Colonel’s original recipe. Get a life plz kthxbai.

  15. Xjep says:

    @MrEvil: hey you ever seen a poultry farm they are horrible, i’ve been in them and if you saw how the chickens were in there you wouldnt want to eat anything that came from out of

    and you could say the same for some stupid people, whats the point of them they do nothing for humanity.