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Food Labels Must Have Origin
A new labeling law has been passed that requires certain food to identify the "country of origin." This law was actually passed in 2002, but only now is being enforced with the more recent passing of the updated Farm Bill.
Not all foods will have this label. The following is a list of foods that will have the country of origin label:
- beef, pork, lamb, chicken, goat meat, perishable agricultural commodities, peanuts, pecans, ginseng, and macadamia nuts.
I think this is a step in the right direction to give consumers more information. However, I think a better tracing system needs to be evaluated so we don't throw out millions of tomatoes next time they are "suspect" in an outbreak.
For more information, check out this link to the United States Department of Agriculture's Common Questions on Country of Origin Labels
Also check out this brochure on origin labels on meat products