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September 30, 2008

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COOL Food Labeling

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), these are the four categories of country-of-origin labelling mandated by the 2008 COOL Law:

  • Product of the United States: A covered commodity is eligible for designation as “Product of the U.S.” only if it is derived “exclusively from an animal that is exclusively born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”
  • Multiple countries of origin: A product is deemed to have multiple countries of origin if the animal from which it was derived was born and/or raised in a different country or countries and then slaughtered in the U.S. Covered commodities in this category would have to identify all the relevant countries.
  • Animals imported for immediate slaughter: Covered commodities from animals raised in another country but slaughtered in the U.S. would fall into this category.
  • Imported finished products to be sold at retail: Meat products imported from another country would be labeled as a product of that country.

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