Afternoon Coffee: USDA Reviews Food Procurement Program, Congress Looks to Repeal Meat Labeling Laws


The US Department of Agriculture has launched a Foods Business Management Improvement project aimed at improving its food procurement system. In a press release, the agency said the project is “a broad effort to review and re-engineer USDA’s food procurement practices to improve the program for our customers and stakeholders.”

In June, Congress may attempt to repeal US regulations that require food retailers to identify where meat products came from, including where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. Some lawmakers say the current regulations discriminate against imported meat products, such as supplies from Canada and Mexico.

Speaking of imported foreign products, Americans may soon be able to purchase Cuban-made rum in the US. French beverage company Pernod Ricard plans to sell the Cuban product in the US once the trade embargo is lifted.

The Department of Justice said delivery company UPS has been ordered to pay more than $25 million for failing to meet the next day delivery guarantees included in multiple contracts it had with federal agencies. UPS reportedly covered up its failures and submitted false claims to the government.

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