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Grass fed beef called product of U.S.A. may be from cattle that never had one breath of air in America

“Where’s the beef…from?”

You’ll never know by just examining the supermarket package’s contents.

beefThe problem started in 2015, when the B. Obama administration’s USDA decided to ignore food safety regulations, and rolled back Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for both beef and pork products, allowing meat to be sold without disclosing its home country on the label.

The result: meat can now be sold without disclosing the home country on the label.

But it gets even worse.

Because of the way regulations were written, beef and pork products shipped to the United States, and just processed here, can be labeled “product of U.S.A.” Continue reading →

USDA wants to import Namibia beef into USA as that African nation fights foot and mouth disease epidemic in cattle herds

Namibia Beef

The Oshakati open market hardly has anyone selling meat. Ndamononghenda Shidinge (right) is one of the few sellers. Foot and mouth disease has meant a drastic shortage of beef.

Namibia has a big problem – foot and mouth disease infecting its cattle herds. Officials are confident they will push back the attack on their beef industry, and have enacted strict controls of movement of animals from one location to another within the country.

On September 1, a local newspaper reported that “the foot and mouth disease broke out in Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions in May and spread to other regions, such as Omusati, Oshana, Kunene and Kavango West.”

Animals can only be moved under strict regulations and permission from the department of veterinary services. This has resulted in farmers failing to sell meat to kapana (grilled beef) sellers at Oshakati, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Omuthiya, Eenhana, Oshikango, Outapi, Okahao, Onesi, Tsandi and Ruacana.

The suspension of cattle movement has also severely affected traditional gatherings in the North such as weddings, funerals as well as other commemorations and celebrations where cattle, goats or sheep are usually slaughtered.

Many people are now forced to use either fish or chicken, sometimes against tradition.

On the other side of the world we have the USDA, supposed protector of all things agricultural, including beef. These victims of foot in the moth syndrome have a plan for Namibia beef – begin importing it into the USA, and help to put our cattlemen out of Continue reading →

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