Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today applauded the proposed rule for labeling mechanically tenderized beef products. DeLauro is a former Chairwoman of the subcommittee responsible for funding the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). She is a longtime advocate for food safety standards that protect and inform American consumers, and has made the safety and transparency of mechanically tenderized beef a top priority.
"Today's proposed rule is a good start to getting consumers the information they need to keep themselves and their families healthy and I commend USDA for moving forward on this. With summer grilling season upon us, this proposed rule comes at a great time to raise awareness among consumers of how important it is to cook their meat appropriately. Without proper labeling, people cannot know if a product has been mechanically tenderized and what that means for the cooking process. I strongly urge USDA to publish and implement the final rule in a timely manner so consumers are not left in the dark for another summer."