COOL Labeling Begins for Meat Industry and Retail Stores
Special requirements for the meat industry and retail stores begin Monday as Country of Origin Labeling or COOL labels start appearing on a variety of products.
The USDA program takes effect based on legislation from last fall. COOL regulation requires labeling for muscle cuts of beef and other meats so consumers will know the country of origin for the foods they buy. But the program exempts processed meats.
The rules will also apply to fresh and frozen fruits as well as vegetables. Peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and ginseng sold by designated retailers will also require country of origin labels.
There is still a lot unknown about COOL including how much these new labels will cost consumers.