Text of the REAL Beef Act

This bill was introduced on March 30, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 30, 2012 (Introduced).

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2d Session

H. R. 4346


March 30, 2012

(for herself, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Kucinich, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Norton, Mr. Holt, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Schakowsky, and Mr. Van Hollen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act so that labels on packages of meat include a statement on whether the meat contains lean finely textured beef.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Requiring Easy and Accurate Labeling of Beef Act or the REAL Beef Act.


Including a statement on whether meat contains lean finely textured beef on labels

Section 1(n) of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601(n)) is amended—


in paragraph (11), by striking or at the end;


in paragraph (12), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and


by adding at the end the following paragraph:


if in a package or other container at the final point of sale it contains low-temperature rendered product, also known as lean finely textured beef (as such terms are defined by the Secretary), unless it bears a label stating that it contains such product.