400+ Businesses Urge Senate to Enact American Beef Labeling Act

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This is a campaign to get Congress to immediately pass the “American Beef Labeling Act,” S.2716 in the Senate or H.R.7291 in the House, that was introduced in Congress. 

S.2716 and H.R.7291 will restore mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) on beef by inserting “beef” and “ground beef'” back into the existing 2002 MCOOL law, which continues today to require country of origin labels on other foods, such as lamb, chicken, fish, nuts, and fruits and vegetables.

The “American Beef Labeling Act” (S.2716 and H.R.7291 ) requires all beef, including imported beef, to be labeled as to where it was born, raised and harvested. 

***Note:  The “U.S.A. Beef Act” (S. 2623 and H.R. 4973) allows imported beef to remain unlabeled which is deceptive. 

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Chart shows cattle prices (red line) historically followed consumer beef prices (blue columns) up and down very closely. In 2015 beef and cattle prices disconnected from each other and began moving in opposite directions, this means the beef supply chain is exploiting both consumers and cattle producers. MCOOL will help restore the relationship between retail beef prices and cattle prices.

WE NEED YOUR CALLS!

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard

202-224-3121

Ask For Your Senators and Representative By Name

If You’re a Consumer, Say:  “Hello, my name is ________________ and I’m from [City/State]. I’m a consumer and I want to know where the beef I buy was born, raised, and harvested. Please cosponsor and immediately pass Senate Bill 2716 (or House Bill 7291) that reinstates mandatory country of origin labeling for beef sold in America’s grocery stores. I need you to pass this bill so I can know where the beef I buy comes from. Thank you.”

If You’re a Cattle Producer, Say:  “Hello, my name is ________________ and I’m a cattle producer from [City/State]. Consumers are paying record high prices for beef while my cattle prices are seriously depressed. One reason for this is because consumers cannot tell the difference between beef from my cattle and beef from foreign cattle. Please fix this by cosponsoring and immediately passing Senate Bill 2716 (or House Bill 7291) that reinstates mandatory country of origin labeling for beef. I need you to pass this bill so I can begin competing in my own market. Thank you.”

Thank you for your calls!

Track S.2716 and H.R.7291’s progress in menu on right under ‘How Bills Become Law’.
Track S.2716 and H.R.7291’s progress in menu below under ‘How Bills Become Law’.

HELP EVEN MORE!

In addition to the M-COOL bill (S.2716), Congress must also pass the ’50/14 Cattle Market Protection’ bill (S.949) that requires the large packers to purchase at least 50% the cattle they slaughter in the cash market each week and to harvest those cattle within 14 days.

On November 30, 2021, the Protecting America’s Meatpacking Workers Act (S.3285 and H.R.6250) was introduced. S.3285 and H.R.6250 includes MCOOL for beef, pork and dairy, a requirement for large packers to buy 50% of their cattle in the cash market, a ban on unpriced contracts and a ban on packer ownership of cattle more than 7 days.  

Senate Bills S.2716, S.949, S.3285 and House Bill 6250 will help stop the continuing loss of independent, family-owned and operated cattle ranches and farms across the United States.      

S.2716, S.949, S.3285 and H.R.6250 need consumer and producer support to pass and all are necessary.

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard

202-224-3121

Ask For Your Senators

Here’s What To Say: “Hello, my name is ______________ and I’m a [cattle producer or consumer] from [City/State]. Our cattle market is broken and has been for many years. Beef prices have skyrocketed while cattle prices are too low for ranchers to remain profitable. I need you to fix this as quickly as possible, you can do that by supporting Senate Bills S.3285, S.949 and S.2716.     

Senate Bill 3285 (and its related House Bill 6250) is the Protecting America’s Meatpacking Workers Act (PAMWA) that includes all the important reforms needed to fix the broken cattle market such as mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) for beef, requirement for packers to buy 50% of their cattle in the cash market, a ban on unpriced contracts and a ban on packer ownership of cattle more than 7 days.

Senate Bill 949 is the cattle market protection bill (50/14) that restores competition for cattle by requiring large packers to buy 50% of their cattle in the cash market and to slaughter and requires those cattle to be harvested within 14 days.

Senate Bill 2716 is the mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) for beef that will allow consumers to choose to purchase USA born, raised and harvested beef or foreign beef.

These reforms will immediately fix our cattle market and protect our nation’s food supply.

Thank you.

-Bill is introduced in the U.S. Senate.

-Bill sent to Senate committee. S.2716 is here.

-Approved Bill is sent to the floor of the Senate.

-If a majority of Senators (51) vote ‘yes’ the Bill passes the U.S. Senate and goes to the U.S. House of Representatives.

-Bill sent to House committee. H.R.7291 is here.

-Approved Bill is sent to the floor of the House.

-If a majority of Representatives (218) vote ‘yes’ the bill passes House and goes to the President. 

-The President can sign and pass the bill, or refuse to sign and veto the bill. A 2/3 majority vote in the Senate and House is required to override the veto.

Share the Resolution to Support S.2716 Mandatory COOL for Beef (available here) with your state legislator or Tribal Council and ask them to introduce in your 2022 state legislative session. 

So far, the South Dakota State Legislature and the Navajo Nation Council have passed Resolutions to Support MCOOL.

4.25.2022 Hard-Fought Battle Continues Over Beef Country-of-Origin Labeling (dtnpf.com)

4.18.2022 – The Return of COOL? Legislation Would Resurrect Origin Labeling for Meat | The Daily Yonder

4.7.2022 – House members sponsor MCOOL legislation – Tri-State Livestock News

2.3.2022 – Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid endorses reinstatement of mandatory COOL for beef | Food Safety News

-1.26.2022 – VIDEO – KX News North Dakota: I-BAND President pushing to revive mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

-1.24.2022 – VIDEO – NBC KNOP News 2: Working Toward Change in the Cattle Industry R-CALF wants change before the industry “disappears”

-1.24.2022 – PODCAST – News & Views with Joel Heitkamp: Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling with DRC and I-BAND 

-1.7.2022 – VIDEO – Fox News Tomi Lahren: Ranchers and consumers losing money because of foreign meat imports

-12.21.2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Ranch Group Applauds Navajo Nation’s Support of MCOOL

-12.17.2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Colorado Ranchers Raise More Than $24K for MCOOL, 50/14

-12.14.2021 – ARTICLE – Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance – Can we please just know what country our meat comes from?

-12.11.2021 – ARTICLE – US News by Associated Press – Navajo ranchers want imported beef labeled

-11.24.2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Platte South Dakota Area Pours Support Over Ranch Group (Raises over $14K for MCOOL.)

-09.17.2021 – EDITORIAL – Rapid City Journal – Thune: Real American Beef

-09.09.2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Bipartisan American Beef Labeling Act Would Reinstate Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

-09.09.2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Tester Announces Bipartisan Legislation Ensuring American Beef is Labeled ‘Product of USA’

-09.08.2021 – PRESS RELEASE – Rounds, Thune, Colleagues Announce Bipartisan American Beef Labeling Act to Reinstate Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

Until Congress passes the MCOOL law for beef, connect directly with U.S. cattle producers to buy USA born, raised and processed beef at www.USABeef.org.

About R-CALF USA: R-CALF USA is the nation’s largest producer-only trade association representing the U.S. cattle industry. Our mission is to ensure the continued profitability and independence of United States cattle producers. We’re the ones who led the victory to get the country of origin labeling (COOL) law passed in 2002 before it was repealed for beef and pork in 2015. Our efforts still help fruit, vegetable, fish, chicken, lamb and nut farmers win back their markets because all these commodities remain under the COOL law.