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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Good News: Country of Origin Labeling coming soon

I read this on CNN today. I think it is good news and overdue news. I do believe many people will end up choosing more locally grown or manufactured items and it will make a lot of these producers and manufacturers tighten up on their food preparation.

Foods to get COOL: Country-of-origin labeling



WASHINGTON (AP) -- No more wondering where your hamburger came from, or where your lettuce and tomatoes were grown: Starting this week, shoppers will see lots more foods labeled with the country of origin.


It's a law years in the making but timely, as China's milk scandal and the recent salmonella-tainted Mexican peppers prompt growing concern over the safety of imported foods.

Still, hold the import-bashing: Numerous outbreaks in recent years have come from U.S.-produced foods, such as spinach grown in California.

Until now, shoppers have had little clue where many everyday foods -- meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, certain nuts -- originate. That's what the so-called COOL law, for country-of-origin labeling, changes.



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