Steak Labels Will Now Show Where Animals Were Born, Raised, and Slaughtered

Out with the old.
Out with the old. Photo: iStockphoto

A big step for food transparency: There’s a new federal rule that requires labels of steaks and roasts (but not ground meat) to reveal not only the animal’s country of origin, but also where it was raised and slaughtered. The World Trade Organization found that when using the old labels, which only showed the country of origin, people discriminated against livestock imported from Canada and Mexico. The Obama-administration-supported rule went effect yesterday, and it’ll cost grocery stores and manufacturers anywhere from $53.1 to $192.1 million. [AP]