AMS is Pulling Grass Fed and Naturally Raised Standards 

The final product, juicy and delicious Red Devon beef. Photo by Roy.

The final product, juicy and delicious Red Devon beef. Photo by Roy.

A couple of weeks ago fellow board member Anne DeRousie sent me the following article found on the meatingplace.com website.  Written by Rita Jane Gabbett, the article is “USDA’s AMS Pulls Standard for Grass Fed, Naturally-raised Meat”.  Ms. Gabbett reports that the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Services has announced it is “withdrawing the Grass (Forage) Fed claim for Ruminant Livestock and Meat Products Derived from Such Livestock” and ” the Naturally Raised Claim for Livestock and the Meat Products Derived from Such Livestock”.  AMS states that these marketing claims “do not fit in the agency’s statutory authorities” and should be under the control of the Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS).

Fred Helfner of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition says that this change will be confusing for both farmer and consumer.  He is afraid this will set up a “wild west situation, where anything goes” because some can make claims without having to follow standards.

Bill Kurtis of Tallgrass Beef Co. stated that this was expected and he is concerned that it “will allow cheating, but does not anticipate immediate impact on his business”.

To read the full article go to https://shar.es/16SHO2 .

Submitted by Roy with thanks to Anne.