February 1, 2008
February 1, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening and extending the comment period for the proposed voluntary standard for a naturally raised marketing claim for livestock and meat.
Increasingly, livestock and meat producers are using production or processing claims to distinguish their products in the marketplace. AMS, through its voluntary certification and audit programs, verifies the accuracy of these claims. The proposed standard will establish the minimum requirements for those producers who choose to operate a USDA-verified program involving a naturally raised claim. The naturally raised marketing claim will also be a voluntary program.
The American Sheep Industry Association submitted formal comments urging USDA to allow the control of coccidian under the standards.
Comments received on or before March 3, 2008, will be considered. Complete details can be found in the Federal Register at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20081800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-1722.htm