Clear majority support meat labeling - 1203 participants, 2775 responses

Jan 13, 2016

Last month, Congress repealed a federal law that required pork, chicken, and beef sold in the United States to be labeled with its country of origin. In the absence of a federal labeling requirement, some have argued that states should step in to reinstate the standards, while opponents contend it puts an unfair burden on meat processors. On January 13, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should meat have a country of origin label?”

“Should meat have a country of origin label?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 96% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 4% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 2,775 responses from 1,203 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 97% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of requiring that meat be labeled with it country of origin.

  • "Absolutely. We should all be able to know where our food is coming from.”
  • “Consumers have a right to know the origin of anything they are considering purchasing.”
  • "I like to know that I am buying meat from the U.S. We have the right to know where our food is coming from and what has been done to it and what is in it."

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 3%, opposed requiring that labels indicate country of origin.

  • “If you don't want to eat meat that isn't labeled to indicate country of origin, then don't buy it.”
  • “If country of origin is a selling point, then it will be clearly indicated. If country of origin labeling is absent, assume the worst and find something else.”
  • “We should buy local, and local farmers should be marking its NH origin to help us buy their local products, but we certainly don't need the government to mandate it.”

Other: As noted above, 4% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Discussing the origin of all products made available to consumers in the U.S.: “All our products should come from our country.”
  • Debating how informed consumers are regarding the issue in general: “I'd be very curious regarding the percentage of folks commenting who even … what percentage of US meat comes from overseas.”
  • Expressing concern at the nature of the meat industry: “Explain ‘humane slaughter’ to someone who wants to live. You can’t.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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Do you think NH should require labels on meat that indicate country of origin? Leave a comment and have your say! 

Comments

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Chuck McKenney
- Nashua

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:33pm

Watch the film Food, Inc and you won't trust meat manufactured anywhere. It's not surprising that Congress bowed to the financial pressure of the WTO rather than act on the wishes of American citizens. 

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