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SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 15
INTRODUCED BY M. MACDONALD
A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA URGING CONGRESS TO REINSTATE A FEDERAL MANDATORY COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELING LAW FOR BEEF AND PORK IN THE UNITED STATES-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT.
WHEREAS, the United States Department of Agriculture "Product of USA" labeling loophole allows imported beef and pork that is only processed or packaged in the United States to be labeled "Product of USA"; and
WHEREAS, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture is tasked with "ensuring that all labels are truthful and not misleading"; and
WHEREAS, consumers have a right to know where their food is from; and
WHEREAS, United States farmers and ranchers deserve an honest label for their products; and
WHEREAS, agriculture is Montana's largest industry and an essential part of Montana's economy; and
WHEREAS, beef and pork are the only products excluded from country-of-origin labeling; and
WHEREAS, consumers and producers across Montana are calling for a mandatory country-of-origin labeling law to ensure the truthful labeling of where beef and pork are born, raised, and processed.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 66th Legislature of the State of Montana urge Congress to reinstate a federal mandatory country-of-origin labeling law for beef and pork in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, including the following language:
"Section 1. Beef and pork packages must be labeled according to country of origin, including where the live animal was born, raised, and processed."
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State send copies of this resolution to the individual members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
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