Current use of these claims is allowable even when the animal is imported from another country and slaughtered in the US. As reported by the Associated Press, more than 40% of the shoppers say they look for the USA label when buying meat according to a USDA survey, not understanding what the voluntary claim represents.
Comments to the proposed rule are allowed for 60 days following the publication of the proposed rule, which is as of this writing still in draft form.
EAS Consulting Group labeling team assists with the creation of USDA compliant labels, including label reviews. We also offer an in-house USDA labeling seminar for EAS clients. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our USDA regulatory capabilities and to contact us if we can be of assistance.