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UFCW Praises New USDA Product Labeling Rule

March 13, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.2 million essential workers in grocery and retail stores, meatpacking plants, and other essential industries across North America, released the following statement in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Product of USA rule. This new rule mandates that any meat, poultry, and egg-based products that are labeled as “product of the USA” must be derived from an animal that was born, raised, and slaughtered in the country. 

UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“We applaud Secretary Vilsack and the USDA for the new commonsense Product of USA rule that protects America’s essential meatpacking workers and keeps good union jobs in this country. For far too long, large multinational corporations have been allowed to trick consumers and cheat ranchers by repackaging meat from other countries as made in the USA. Now, consumers can shop with confidence, knowing that when they buy products with the USA label, their money will actually go toward supporting America’s ranchers and meatpacking and processing workers.”   


The UFCW International is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.2 million workers and their families in grocery, meatpacking, food processing, health care, cannabis, retail, and other essential industries. UFCW members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at ufcw.org.

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