VENDORS SAY RETAILERS COLD ON COOL RULES

WASHINGTON -- Grower/shippers have been caught off guard by retailers demanding they indemnify supermarket companies from any liability associated with country-of-origin labels, and cover the cost of paying for third-party audits, according to produce industry sources.The situation places suppliers, who generally support COOL, in an awkward position with their retailer customers, who have been vocal

WASHINGTON -- Grower/shippers have been caught off guard by retailers demanding they indemnify supermarket companies from any liability associated with country-of-origin labels, and cover the cost of paying for third-party audits, according to produce industry sources.

The situation places suppliers, who generally support COOL, in an awkward position with their retailer customers, who have been vocal critics of the rules. Furthermore, sources said the demands are premature since final

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