Country-of-origin labels to be required
Starting Sept. 30, food manufacturers and grocery
stores in the US have to comply with a new federal law that requires "Country of
Origin Labelling," or COOL, on beef, pork, chicken and
The new labels will tell consumers whether their food came from animals
raised in the US or another country. Consumers can now pick meats and other
foods originating from countries they think are reliable in terms of food
safety. It also will allow consumers to stick to American-grown food, if that is
Because of the complexities of the livestock industry, some product labels
may list multiple countries, which can be the case with ground beef, because
some meat processors combine cuts from a number of countries to make ground meat
and hamburger patties.
Many in the meat industry have fought the new labelling law because they
don't want consumers to know that they're buying imported cuts.
The USDA also stood against COOL, because of its projected impact on
consumers and its estimated cost to the food industry - $2.5 bln in the
But Congress has decreed that COOL will take effect on 30 Sept, so the
debate over its merits is largely over. Now the industry is bracing for COOL's
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