USDA to stop stamping imported meat
7/25/2000- According to an Associated Press report,
the Agriculture Department announced on Friday
that meat imported from other countries and
inspected in the U.S. soon will no longer
carry USDA grade stamps. Currently, all meat
inspected in the United States, regardless
of where it is produced, gets a USDA stamp
such as prime, choice, or select.
The USDA said it was changing the practice
because of consumer confusion over origin
of meat products. U.S. ranchers had sought
the change, saying the USDA stamp serves
as a form of advertising not meant for foreign
meats. The USDA said the change will take
place later this summer.