US: Senate adds chicken to COOL farm bill provision
Although almost all chicken consumed in the United
States is grown locally, the Senate added chicken to its version of the
country-of-origin labelling provision in the 2007 farm bill.
"Chicken meat will be treated no differently than other
cuts of meat under the law now," said Kate Cyrul, Majority Communications
Director for the Senate Agriculture Committee.
â€œThe legislative language
says "whole chicken, or in part," Cyrul added. The farm bill was passed on
Imported chicken to United States
"It's getting to the
point where there will be some poultry imported," said Richard Lobb of The
National Chicken Council, noting the newly signed free trade agreement, which
allows Chile to export chicken to the United States.
"And there are a
number of other countries in the queue that will sooner or later get
authorisation," he said.
Currently, about 99.9% of all chicken
consumed in the United States is produced domestically. However, with red meat
COOL labelling on the horizon, Lobb noted that consumers may begin to wonder
where the chicken they purchased came from.
There are no specifications on what type of chicken may be imported, but
Lobb speculates frozen breast filets for further processed products might be a
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