The foods affected include "ground and whole cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and goat meat; farm-raised fish and shellfish, wild fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, ginseng and macadamia nuts."
While the new law, part of the Farm Bill, is technically a marketing provision designed to give U.S. products a leg up in the marketplace, advocates say it will improve overall food safety, especially after a spate of widespread food contaminations over the last two years.I agree. Given the evidence in the past few years of animals being mistreated at U.S. slaughterhouses and factory farms, of labor laws being violated and of slaughterhouse workers becoming ill, I don't see this law as helping food safety -- until people become sick. And even then we will only know which country the product came from, not from which farm or slaughterhouse.
Opponents of the law complain that it unfairly implies that imported foods are less safe than domestic foods[.]
The law is helpful, though, for people who want to purchase products that are transported as little distance as possible, thereby possibly lessening the products' carbon footprints.
This "locavore" action would apply to fruits, veggies and nuts. But those who care about the environment should, of course, abstain from eating meat.
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