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.


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