Questions and Answers

Retailers in physical (bricks and mortar) locations and those who sell remotely (such as online), are required to identify the country of origin of covered commodities.

Food service establishments, such as restaurants, cafeterias, food stands, and other similar facilities are exempt from these labeling requirements.

These FAQs answer common questions on Country of Origin Labeling. If you have additional questions, please reach out using the contact information below.

Contact Information

For additional information about COOL, please contact:

Food Disclosure and Labeling Division
USDA AMS, Fair Trade Practices Program
Room 2069-S, Stop 0216
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-0216

Questions & Answers Correspondence

(202) 720-4486 (phone)
(833) 967-0226 (Fax)