Ranchers say Grass-Fed rules Could Mislead Consumers

1 decade 2 years 2 months ago Sunday, September 03 2006 Sep 3, 2006 Sunday, September 03, 2006 8:06:58 PM CDT September 03, 2006 in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Meat-eaters usually assume a grass-fed steak came from cattle grazing happily on lush pastures, not crowded into feedlots. But if the government has its way, the grass-fed label could be used to sell beef that didn't roam the range and ate more than just grass. The Agriculture Department is proposing a standard for grass-fed meat that doesn't say animals need access to pasture. It also defines grass broadly, saying it could include things like leftovers from harvested crops. Missouri ranchers are among the proposal's critics, saying it's so loose it would let more conventional ranchers slap a grass-fed label on their beef, too. Patricia Whisnant heads the American Grassfed Association and has a ranch in Doniphan. She says consumers think of open pasture-raised animals, not corn-fattened animals in feedlots, when they hear "grass-fed beef."

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