WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has launched a Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) listserv.

The agency says that the listserv will notify subscribers of significant additions to the all inclusive, information-packed COOL Web site. Interested parties can sign up for this automatic notification service by following the link to registration information at www.ams.usda.gov/cool.

COOL regulations became effective Sept. 30 and require country of origin labeling for muscle cut and ground beef (including veal), pork, lamb, goat, chicken, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and ginseng-covered commodities sold by designated retailers.

The new COOL listserv will reportedly provide the benefit of reaching out to subscribers with immediate updates and help retailers more easily achieve compliance with COOL requirements in a cost-effective manner.


Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture