WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement applauding the decision in American Meat Institute v. United States Department of Agriculture. DeLauro is a longtime advocate for ensuring Americans have all the information they need to make informed purchases. She is the former Chairwoman, and currently a senior member, of the subcommittee responsible for funding the Agriculture Department. When DeLauro served in that capacity, she authored the language in the 2008 Farm Bill requiring country-of-origin labeling.
“This decision is great news for American consumers,” DeLauro said. “The country-of-origin labeling requirements should begin as scheduled in November so families have a complete story on where their food came from. Big business and their supporters have been trying to delay these requirements from going into effect, but that would be a step backward and must not be allowed to happen. American food imports are growing, even as we struggle to ensure an adequate number of food inspections. American consumers need to be able to make informed choices in the marketplace and this decision moves us closer to that.”
Earlier today DeLauro sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, pressing him on his recent decision to allow processed poultry products to be exported from China to the United States. DeLauro has long expressed concerns that this could lead to more unsafe poultry being sold to American families.