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Meat Institute Files Comments on USDA Organic Animal Welfare Proposed Rule

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute last week filed comments on USDA proposed standards for organically produced livestock, calling them “unnecessarily rigid and inflexible” and a potential threat to animal and public health. As an example, the Institute stated, “Outdoor access, bedding, and rooting behavior provisions conflict with best management practices intended to prevent significant swine diseases that pose a threat to animal and human health.” The Institute also said that it was premature to propose these standards given that they may conflict with the international standards now under development.

In addition, NAMI noted the proposal’s lack of a scientific foundation. “Conspicuous in its absence is any scientific information or references for many of the proposed new provisions in the Livestock Health Care Practice Standard, (section 205.238), the Mammalian Living Conditions (section 205.2329), and the Transport and Slaughter section (section 205.242).” The proposal drew a significant number of comments from livestock and agriculture organizations that shared similar concerns.

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