This site is designed to help the meat industry and retail
stores comply with mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements
based on the statute that went into effect on September 30, 2008, and the final
rule that goes into effect on March 16, 2009. Country of origin information,
through signs, labels, etc., is required regarding certain fresh meat products,
e.g. steaks, ground beef, and pork chops, as well as certain fresh chicken
products that are sold in retail stores. Meat and chicken products sold in
restaurants, as well as processed products, are exempt from the law.
Consumer-friendly information about the country of origin
labels and what they mean may be found in a free brochure that may be downloaded
by clicking here.