Perdue Farms To Buy Natural Meat Maker & Chipotle Pork Supplier Niman Ranch

Perdue Farms to buy Chipotle pork supplier Niman Ranch

Poultry company Perdue Farms will buy natural meat maker Niman Ranch, which is Chipotle Mexican Grill’s biggest pork supplier and a brand name on U.S. restaurant menus, the two companies said on Tuesday. Read more of this post

The Not So COOL Reason You Won’t Know Where Your Steak Came From

The Not So COOL Reason You May Soon Not Know Where Your Steak Came From

Cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy—mad cow disease—have been reported in Brazil as recently as 2014. When a cow was found to have died from the neurogenerative disease, which humans can contract by eating meat from sick animals, in 2012, a number of countries suspended beef imports from Brazil as a precaution. The United States was not among them. Read more of this post

What Do Horses and Beavers Have in Common? They May Both Be in Your Burger

What Do Horses and Beavers Have in Common? They May Both Be in Your Burger

(Photo: Francois Nascimbeni/Getty Images)

A pair of studies find that meat purchased in grocery stores and online isn’t always what the labels indicate. Read more of this post

R-Calf to USDA: Keep FMD out of The USA

 

R-Calf to USDA: Keep FMD out of The USA, Made in USA Beef, Processed in USA Beef

Billings, MT – R-CALF USA’s two-day convention in Denver, Colo. was jumpstarted by Angus Mc McIntosh, Ph.D., who has served as an expert witness in nationally renowned private property rights lawsuits. Read more of this post

Do you want to know what country your food comes from?

We think you do and an overwhelming 92% of American’s say -YES in a recent Boston Consulting Group survey of consumers.

Sadly, the WTO (World Trade Organization) doesn’t see it that way.  The WTO has ruled that U.S. producers of beef, poultry, lamb and other agriculture products must remove the current legislated Country of Origin Labeling from their packages by May 23rd. (less then 2 short months away)
So, now consumers will lose the transparency in their food supply that for years they have fought for.  Scary, but true.
What is even scarier is that mainstream media hasn’t picked up on this story in a major way so, many consumers don’t even know what is about to happen in May to the packaging of the goods they buy everyday for themselves and their families.
So, what can you do about it.

1st Let your Grocer, Retailer and Producer know this is important and you want to know where your food comes from
2nd tell them we have an independent solution for you to know and you want to see the label “Product of USA Certified”.

Our company is the  leader in independent, 3rd party certification of the Product of USA Certified claim.  We are a voluntary certification that producers can use on their product and packaging to let consumers know –that they are proudly – PRODUCT OF USA CERTIFIED.

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U.S. dairy, poultry producers press for Canada market openings

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A dairy farm on the banks of the Columbia River

Canada uses supply controls to help poultry, dairy farmers

* US producers see 2nd chance in Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Doug Palmer

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The United States must fix mistakes it made in the North American Free Trade Agreement by insisting in new trade talks with Canada on unrestricted access to that country’s poultry and dairy market, U.S. agricultural groups said on Monday.

“All we’re asking is that we have an open and free fair trade shot at the border,” Bill Roenigk, senior vice president at the National Chicken Council, said at a hearing conducted by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact.

Canada’s Conservative government, sensitive to sentiment in vote-rich Eastern Canada, has long said it will maintain supply-management measures for dairy, poultry and egg farmers. These measures largely entail matching production to domestic demand and levying high tariffs to discourage imports.

However, the government has also said all goods are subject to negotiation, both in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership among 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and in free-trade discussions with the European Union.

Four-fifths of Canada’s 13,200 dairy farmers live in Ontario and Quebec, populous provinces that are generally critical to election success.

Roenigk said U.S. producers thought NAFTA, which went into force in January 1994, would eliminate tariffs on U.S. poultry exports to Canada and were shocked when Ottawa, as well as a NAFTA dispute settlement panel, took the opposite view.

Now that the United States has a second chance to address Canada’s poultry tariffs, the U.S. industry’s “view on this is the old Irish proverb: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me,” Roenigk said in his prepared remarks.

“The U.S. poultry industry strongly opposes Canada’s participation in the TPP unless Canada expressly commits to removing all border restrictions on poultry imports from the United States,” he said.

Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president at the National Milk Producers Federation, said U.S. dairy producers were also disappointed NAFTA did not open up Canada’s market and were determined not to let that happen again.

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Factbox: China-U.S. trade disputes pile up

(Reuters) – Tension in trade and investment between China and the United States, the world’s two largest economies, has been rising against the backdrop of global economic uncertainty.

Below is a list of some of the Sino-U.S. trade disputes affecting various economic sectors, arranged in order of the most recent.

AUTOMOBILE

December 14, 2011 — China’s Commerce Ministry set punitive duties of up to 22 percent on large cars and sport-utility vehicles (SUV) exported from the United States. U.S. lawmakers promptly urged President Barack Obama’s administration to challenge the measures.

China had launched its investigation in 2009 following American duties on Chinese seamless steel pipe.

POULTRY

December 2011 — The United States asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to strike down China’s heavy anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken products.

The WTO had earlier ruled against a U.S. congressional gag order that banned regulators from discussing cooked chicken imports with their Chinese counterparts. The gag order was replaced by a requirement that regulators begin discussions.

U.S. breeders like Tyson Foods Inc sell chicken feet and wings, virtually worthless in the U.S. market, to China, where they are hugely popular, helping pad their profit margin on each chicken. They have supported the Chinese food industry’s bid to cook and can chicken for export to the U.S.

STEEL CYLINDER

December 2011 — The Commerce Department announced a preliminary 22.34 percent countervailing duty and added additional preliminary duties of 5 to 26 percent on high-pressure steel cylinders from China to protect the only remaining U.S. producer of the product, Norris Cylinder Co.

SOLAR PANELS

November 2011 — U.S. solar panel makers asked their government to impose stiff duties on Chinese-made solar energy products that they said unfairly undercut prices and destroy thousands of American jobs.

RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY

November 2011 — China announced an investigation into U.S. government policy and subsidies for renewable energy, wind energy, solar and hydro technology products, two weeks after the U.S. decided to investigate sales of Chinese-made solar panels.

CURRENCY

October 2011 — The U.S. Senate passed a bill that allows companies to seek countervailing duties on goods from countries with undervalued currencies, in legislation that clearly targets China.

Top Obama administration officials have criticized China’s currency practices, saying the country’s efforts to keep its currency artificially low create an unfair trade advantage.

STEEL WHEEL

October 2011 — The U.S. Commerce Department set preliminary anti-dumping duties of up to 193.54 percent on about $80 million of steel wheels from China.

A final decision is due in January 2012.

TIRES

September 2011 — China lost its appeal over a 35 percent “safeguard” duty on Chinese-made tires imposed by the Obama administration in September 2009.

The original U.S. complaint was brought by the steelworkers’ union. It was the first time the Obama administration invoked the safeguard clause agreed to when China entered the WTO.

COATED PAPER

September 2011 — The United States set anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties ranging up to 313.8 percent on coated paper from China. The paper is used in the printing of corporate annual reports, high-end catalogs and magazines, and other such applications.

In 2011, the European Union assessed its first-ever anti-subsidy duties against China, also on coated paper.

RAW MATERIALS

July 2011 — The WTO ruled that Chinese export restrictions, including taxes and quotas, on several raw materials unfairly raise international prices, while keeping input costs lower for manufacturers in China.

China said in August it would appeal the ruling, which threatens its defense for similar controls on rare earths.

WIND POWER TECHNOLOGY

June 2011 — China agreed to stop subsidizing wind power firms that use domestic equipment in place of imports, after the United States requested WTO consultations over the Chinese subsidies.

STEEL, SACKS AND TYRES

March 2011 — The WTO overturned on appeal a ruling that had supported U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs against Chinese steel pipe, woven sacks and off-road tires. The Chinese argued that the United States could not simultaneously use other markets to determine the fair price of goods made in China, deemed a non-market economy, and penalize it for state subsidies.

While the Chinese won the appeal the WTO found in favor of the U.S. view that discounted land, electricity and loan prices constituted a subsidy. It also found that while not all state-owned enterprises are “public bodies,” state-owned banks can be so considered.

Those arguments are likely to be used by the U.S. in future anti-subsidy cases against Chinese state-owned firms.

SPECIALTY STEEL

February 2011 — The United States asked the WTO to rule on its allegation that China imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duties of more than 100 percent on imports of grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel, without sufficient evidence of unfair pricing practices or government subsidies.

CREDIT CARDS

February 2011 — The United States accused China in a WTO complaint of creating a monopoly in its electronic payments market, allowing China Union Pay to handle most credit and debit card transactions made by Chinese consumers.

COPPER PIPES

October 2010 — The United States set final duties ranging up to 61 percent on hundreds of millions of dollars of copper pipe and tube from China.

SEAMLESS STEEL PIPE

November 2009 — The United States imposed anti-dumping duties ranging from 48.99 percent to 98.74 percent on seamless steel pipe from China. It also slapped countervailing duties of 13.66 percent to 53.65 percent on the pipe, used in the oil and gas industry.

DISTRIBUTION SERVICES AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

December 2009 — China lost its appeal of a WTO ruling that its curbs on importing and distributing foreign publications and audiovisual products violate its WTO commitments.

Beijing accepted the ruling in July 2010, and U.S. industry groups are closely watching how it complies.

In two related cases, the WTO ruled that China could censor content but could not establish monopoly importers for foreign media that is already widely available in pirated form.

(Compiled by Lucy Hornby and Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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