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Country of Origin Labeling  
Country of Origin Labeling is a labeling law that requires retailers, such as full-line grocery stores, supermarkets, and club warehouse stores, notify their customers with information regarding the source of certain foods. Food products, (covered commodities) contained in the law include muscle cut and ground meats: beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and ginseng. Regulations for fish and shellfish covered commodities (7 CFR Part 60) became effective in 2005. The final rule for all covered commodities (7 CFR Part 60 and Part 65) went into effect on March 16, 2009. AMS is responsible for administration and enforcement of COOL.

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  • § 60.132 Waters of the United States – Appendix A - PDF

 
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Julie Henderson
Director
Country of Origin Labeling Division
USDA-AMS, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program
Room 2620-S, Stop 0216
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-0216
(202) 720-4486 (phone)
(202) 260-8369 (Fax)

 
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