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Congressman Alford Leads Bipartisan Letter to USDA Regarding Pasture-Claims Petition

Washington, DC – Earlier today, Congressman Mark Alford (MO-04) led a bipartisan letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack regarding the pasture-raised claims petition (Petition 23-03) submitted to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).


The letter specifically says:


In considering Petition 23-03, we ask that the Department contemplates whether the requested policy changes will disproportionately advantage or disadvantage certain groups; whether the request may cause harm to competition; and evaluate consumer understanding of the proposed terms.


The letter was signed by Representatives (4):


  • Jason Smith (MO-08)
  • Lloyd Doggett (TX-37)
  • Rick Crawford (AR-01)
  • James Baird (IN-04)


Congressman Alford issued the following statement:


“Pursuing an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will ensure the policy changes affecting our constituents allow for thorough industry input. Our agriculture industry deserves nothing short of complete transparency. Operating in shadows is unacceptable. USDA must allow for industry input on rules such as these. 


I look forward to a swift response from Secretary Vilsack.”


Media inquiries for Rep. Alford should be directed to Austin Higginbotham at