The Kitchen Think: Meatpackers Say You Don’t Need To Know Where Your Meat Comes From


Meatpackers Don't Want You To Know Where Your Meat Comes FromI’ve always assumed that all of the meat I bought in the supermarket originated in the United States.


I had no idea that the pork roast I served for Sunday dinner might have come from China… or that the roast beef sandwich I just consumed was from South America… or that the chicken I ate was from Canada.

Boy, was I naive.

I stumbled upon this knowledge when I learned that meat processors are blasting a new USDA regulation requiring meatpackers to include country-of-origin information on supermarket meat.

Like everyone I know, I thought all the meat I found in the grocery store originated in the United States. And yes, I know that a lot of our seafood comes from overseas, like Indonesia or Europe.

The new rule on meat, which goes into effect this Saturday, would require meatpackers to track and label every major step of livestock processing and meat production: where a cow (or chicken or pig) was born, where it was raised and slaughtered, and where it was packaged.

Giant meatpacking companies, like Tyson and Cargill say this tracking process is expensive… and doesn’t benefit the consumer.

Really? I mean… REALLY?

There’s one obvious benefit for the consumer: We’ll all be able to decide whether we really want to buy a rump roast from a country that has sub-standard sanitation and food safety laws.

Needless to say, American ranchers and farmers are VERY MUCH in favor of the new regulation, hoping that more of us will opt to buy “locally” (even if “local” in this case means anywhere in the entire United States).

The meatpacker’s lobby is working furiously to amend this regulation in their favor before it becomes law this weekend.

Do you want to know where your meat comes from?

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6 thoughts on “The Kitchen Think: Meatpackers Say You Don’t Need To Know Where Your Meat Comes From

  1. Danyeal

    Thank you for this post. I debated the other day with someone over this topic. This is very scary I have a constant habit go knowing where my food originates from. Thank you for sharing, I’m a new follower and love your blog!!! 🙂

    1. Mama Post author

      Luckily the Meatpackers lost… for now. They’re still trying to kill the legislation via the Farm Bill! I’ll check out your blog. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Mama Post author

      I also try to buy local and organic, but sometimes I just have to dash into the market and grab whatever they have! Hope they don’t overturn the regulation. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Savanna

    That is crazy! I’m so thankful that my husband’s family had a farm and we get our beef and pork butchered from there! Not only is it cheaper, but we know where it came from and how it was fed!


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: