Meat and poultry products include substantial information on their labels to inform consumers about the contents of the package. All pre-packaged meat and poultry products carry ingredient statements, which are carefully regulated by law. Nutrition labeling is also provided on prepackaged products -- like hot dogs and bacon – under the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. In addition, nutrition information is provided at retail stores for fresh meat, poultry, and fish. Some items also may bear other information on the product labels, like information about the country-of-origin of the animal from which the meat is derived. Information about all of these labeling issues is provided here.
2013 Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Rule
July 2013: COOL Lawsuit
- Lawsuit Challenging USDA Country-of-Origin Labeling Rule in U.S. District Court
- Press Release: Eight U.S. and Canadian Meat and Livestock Organizations Challenge USDA Country-of-Origin Labeling Rule in U.S. District Court
- Slides: July 9, 2013 Press Webcast
- Audio: July 9, 2013 Press Webcast
May 2013: COOL Final Rule
- AMI Member Memo: Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Final Rule, May 23, 2013 Members only document.
- Video: AMI Teleconference, May 23, 2013 Broadcast quality video is available on request.
- Audio: AMI Teleconference, May 23, 2013
- AMI Statement, Burdensome Country-of-Origin Labeling Rule Will Not Satisfy WTO or Trading Partners, But Will Harm U.S. Agriculture, May 2013
- AMI Fact Sheet: Mandatory Country Origin Labeling, May 2013 to come
For information about a variety of meat and poultry product labels, visit the FSIS's Labeling and Consumer Protection Website. National Uniform Food Safety Labeling Act (March 27, 2003)