COOL Laws Go Into Effect Tomorrow

After years of debate and postponement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirements will be effective, beginning tomorrow, on unprocessed perishables, including produce, meat, poultry and certain kinds of nuts. During the next six months, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service will focus on industry outreach programs, in an effort to educate retailers

WASHINGTON — After years of debate and postponement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirements will be effective, beginning tomorrow, on unprocessed perishables, including produce, meat, poultry and certain kinds of nuts.

During the next six months, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service will focus on industry outreach programs, in an effort to educate retailers and suppliers on the requirements of the rule, AMS has said. Although USD

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