USDA hasannounced details of the final regulation for the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program required by the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. The full text of the final rule will be published in the Jan. 15 Federal Register.
The rule becomes effective on March 16, 60 days after the date of publication. To view copies of the final rule and additional information, click here.
The rule covers muscle cuts and ground beef, lamb, chicken, goat and pork; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; perishable agricultural commodities (specifically fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables); macadamia nuts; pecans; ginseng and peanuts.
Commodities covered under COOL must be labeled at retail to indicate its country of origin. For fish and shellfish, the method of production