May 4, 2005

Contact: Jeremy Russell
Director of Communications and Government Relations
National Meat Association
[email protected]
(510) 763-1533


OAKLAND, CA – National Meat Association joins this week in supporting a bill (H.R. 2068) for voluntary country-of-origin labeling. The association has long supported such a voluntary program, which addresses consumer concerns without unduly burdening food manufacturers, and expects that 2005 will be the year that finally sees the passage of a workable standard.

For years there has been heated debate over how to implement country-of-origin labeling. However, the newly minted Meat Promotion Act of 2005 has earned the support from industry groups, as well as legislators from both sides of the aisle, including a total of 34 cosponsors.

“We’re very supportive of a workable, voluntary standard for country-of-origin labeling,” said Jeremy Russell, NMA Director of Communications and Government Relations. “Our members are proactive about providing information on their safe, wholesome meat products, when consumers ask for it.”

National Meat Association is a non-profit trade association. Since 1946, NMA has represented meat packers and processors, equipment manufacturers and food suppliers who provide services to the meat industry. The Oakland, California-based association has members throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and Mexico.



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Jeremy Russell
National Meat Association
(510) 763-1533
[email protected]

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