Country of origin labeling for foods finally takes effect
Starting this month (Oct, 2008), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will finally begin to implement legislation requiring most foods to be labeled with their country of origin. The county of origin labeling (COOL) requirement applies to most meat, fish and shellfish, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, and nuts. COOL was passed in the 2002 and 2008 Food and Farm Bills, but implementation was delayed for fish and shellfish until October 2004, and for the rest of the foods until September 30 of this year. Some experts are concerned because COOL does not apply to processed food items; for example, it does not apply to peanuts when they have been roasted. Read more from USA Today.