So, where does our beef come from? I recently found the answer to this question to be more complicated than I previously imagined. Beginning Oct. 1st, a federal mandate will require retail meat outlets to show proof of the country of origin of their beef to the public, and some (including me) will be surprised. We primarily sell IBP (Iowa Beef Processors) brand Angus Beef. It's a division of Tyson Foods as of 2001, and is one of, if not the largest distributors of beef in the USA. What is the origin of the beef that they sell? Well, it's born in Mexico, fed out in Canada, and slaughtered in the US. I will have to program the label machine to say just that. It's not like I can just enter a code, and voila, all beef products will magically have the countries of origin on them. Noooo. I will have to reprogram the text on every single beef product that we sell. I'm still pondering exactly how long the task will take me. :embarassed: So, any thoughts? My thoughts are: I wonder how it will effect the market, once people know that their beef has traveled to more destinations that them. I wonder if people will stop eating it, or if it's no big deal. I gotta admit that I was surprised. I will keep eating it because it's good, and it's job security to buy my own products. I do wonder why they have to truck it all over the place.