Monday, June 11, 2007

Follow-on to COOL: Current USA legislation

After I posted yesterday, my husband said to me "Isn't Country-of-Original-Labeling required in the USA?" My response was, No.

Apparently, others are asking this question, and we are both right. COOL isn't currently required, but may be in Sept 2008 or sooner ... but not for processed foods with are generally our biggest concerns.

But it again comes back to whether or not government regulation is the answer. I believe that the Food Marketing Institute is working on an analysis of the costs to retailers/wholesalers and thus consumers. Is it worth the cost? Probably. However, we all need to understand the costs because it will start to make a big price gap between fresh vs. processed/packaged and need to all understand why.

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