U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Senate Colleagues Make Bipartisan Effort to Stop Deceptive Meat Labeling

WASHINGTON, D.C. [09/20/2019]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is leading a bipartisan Senate effort to stop deceptive labeling practices that hurt bison ranchers and mislead consumers in Minnesota and across the country. 

This week, Sen. Smith and several Senate colleagues introduced the “Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act” that would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prohibit water buffalo products from being marketed as “buffalo.”

“Minnesota’s bison ranches are an important part of our farming economy,” said Sen. Smith. “Deceptive labeling not only hurts their bottom lines, but also misleads Minnesotans into purchasing and eating food that’s not necessarily what they think it is. This labeling fix will help ranchers and consumers alike.”

“Minnesota Bison Association sincerely appreciates Senator Smith’s efforts on the Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act. This bill will help maintain the integrity of the bison industry that raisers and producers strive for and will help eliminate deceptive labeling practices ensuring consumers know where their food is coming from,” said Jessica Spaeth, Executive Director Minnesota Bison Association.

You can read full text of bill here.