Country-of-origin labeling requires farmers, producers to document food source

Country-of-origin labeling requires farmers, producers to document food source

Mike Surbrugg

Joplin Globe

A new page in food labeling begins Oct. 1 when retailers will be required to notify customers of the country of origin for a wide range of products, including fresh vegetables and fruit, nuts and meat. The requirement dates to the 2002 Farm Bill.

Labels must show country or countries of origin for beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken, goat, wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish, perishable fruit and vegetables, peanuts, pecans, ginseng and macadamia nuts.

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