USDA To Withdraw Obama-Era ‘Organic’ Rules For Certifying Meat

Posted On : 12/20/2017

UNITED STATES — Here’s goes the Trump administration with more nonsense, reversing Obama-era milestones at all costs.

According to The Hill, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will repeal the rules regarding animals and how they should be treated if being sold as “certified organic.”

The source says USDA announced its plan to withdraw final rules concerning organic meat. Reportedly, they were initially set to repeal on March 20. But, it’s been delayed three times. The Hill states as follows.

“USDA said the rules exceed the agency’s statutory authority under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 to issue animal welfare regulations. The agency called the rules, which govern an animal’s access to outdoor space, transportation and slaughter, among other things, ‘broadly prescriptive.’ Under the rules, producers and handlers participating in the National Organic Program stipulate that poultry must be housed in spaces that are big enough for the birds to move freely, stretch their wings, stand normally and engage in natural behaviors.”

Livestock, meanwhile, must be provided access to an outdoor space year-round and be kept in indoor pens that are sufficiently large, solidly built and comfortable so that the animals are kept clean, dry and free of lesions,” states the source.

Cameron Harsh, the Center for Food Safety’s senior manager for organic and animal policy, states that consumers expect this as a minimum.

Nevertheless, the public does have 30 days to oppose the agency’s proposal to withdraw the Obama-era rules.

In 2016, the organic industry made $47 million in sales as notes the Organic Trade Association. Now with this recent possibility, the USDA says it’s concerned the rules will halt innovation and growth.

All in all, you’ll need to be far more careful in choosing and eating meats. Apparently, the Trump Administration could care less about your health.

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