Labels to indicate if food is U.S.-grown, or imported as Health Concerns Widen
WASHINGTON, DC (GroundReport) - As of Monday, shoppers are more likely to see more labels, particularly labels indicating where foods come from.
According to reports, it's a time law in the wake of China's milk scandal and the recent salmonella-tainted Mexican peppers, prompting grave concern over imported foods into the U.S.
So far, shoppers have had little clue where many everyday foods — meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, certain nuts — originate. The new titled COOL law, for Country-Of-Origin Labeling, will change all that.
''We do see it as an important step on the road to a more comprehensive system for tracing food items'' during outbreaks, says Caroline Smith DeWaal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, reports The Associated Press.
''It will be a very good thing because we'll have a lot more information,'' says Jean Halloran of Consumers Union.
Tags: COOL Labels , Foreign Foods , Imported Foods , Domestic Foods , Tainted-food Scare , U.S. Grown Products
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