The Hill reported late Friday on House Democrats introduction of new legislation that would require packages of meat to be labeled accordingly if they contain lean finely textured beef, also known as “pink slime.” The Requiring Easy and Accurate Labeling of Beef (REAL Beef) Act, H.R. 4346, would amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to require the labeling of all beef that contains lean finely textured beef.
More from The Hill”
“Consumers have made it pretty clear they don’t want this stuff in their food,” said Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), the lead sponsor of the bill. “If a product contains connective tissue and beef scraps and has been treated with ammonia, you ought to be able to know that when you pick it up in the grocery store.”
“This is about choice and transparency,” Pingree said Friday. “Parents and consumers want to choose whether or not they serve pink slime, but they can’t do that unless they know whether or not it’s in the product they are buying.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).
Leave a comment