Demand Information on Animal Products Served in America’s Restaurants

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Target: Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Create easier access to information concerning animal products and byproducts served in restaurants throughout the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made moves toward creating easier access to information concerning food served in restaurants. However, the laws which the FDA has implemented only apply to chain restaurants with 20 or more locations and focus only on the nutritional aspects of the food served. Though this is a step in the right direction, there are still fundamental issues which need to be addressed in order for conscious consumers to be able to obtain the information that they need to remain mindful citizens.

With rbGH and rBST hormones flooding American dairy and meat products, as well as the inhumane treatment of so many animals that are slaughtered for meat, there is a necessity for restaurants to provide their consumers with information regarding the animal products those restaurants serve. In an age when natural farming is no longer the main means of raising livestock and producing animal products, there is a need for regulations to be implemented which would ensure that restaurants provide easy and clear access to information relating to the origin of their animal products and byproducts.

Restaurants in America should, by law, be made to make available information concerning their meat and animal byproducts. Consumers deserve the right to know where the meat, cheese and eggs they are eating come from, and the FDA needs to step up to implement legislation that would ensure that this happens.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration,

The prevalence of factory farms, the use of hormones to enhance animal products and byproducts, and the neglect and abuse of animals worldwide have created a demand for knowledge on behalf of consumers. Because of unregulated treatment of animals, large portions of meat, milk products and eggs are produced and processed unnaturally and inhumanely.

There is a great portion of the American public which is comprised of conscious consumers who do not want to support such activity. However, because there are no laws which force restaurants to provide information regarding their meat and animal byproducts, consumers are left blind as to the origin of these products. Americans deserve to know where the animal products they consume come from, how those animals used to make the products were raised, and if any unnatural additives or hormones are present in the products.

As the top official of the FDA, it is your responsibility to ensure that American’s health, as well as their rights, are protected. I urge you to consider nationwide regulations concerning consumer knowledge as discussed above and take the next step toward ensuring the basic rights of Americans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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