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.

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