Under a new law consumers will now be able to tell what country food products came from. This labeling has been a long time coming. It predates by years concerns about domestic and imported foods after E. coli outbreaks and chemical contamination. First proposed in 2002, the country-of-origin legislation finally became law. All meats, fish, and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables must now be identified by their country of origin, whether by a sticker, a sign, a placard or a label. Unfortunately, organ meats, such as heart, liver or kidney, aren’t included. The labeling originally was advocated by farmers and ranchers who believed consumers would choose U.S.-grown food. Consumer groups then took up the fight and applauded the measure. It offers valuable information and choice. But the consumer advocates are not happy with the many loopholes in the law. For example, cooked and processed foods are exempt. The USDA doesn’t plan to go into full enforcement mode for a few months to give its educational efforts time to take effect.
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