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Final US pork labeling rules issued

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a 233-page interim final rule for the Country-of-Origin Labeling as required by the 2008 farm bill.

It has been reported that the USDA issued the a 233-page interim final rule with request for comments on mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) as required by the 2008 farm bill with an implementation date of 30 September 2008.

Apart from pork, the rules cover muscle cuts of beef, veal, lamb, chicken and, also ground beef, ground pork, ground lamb, ground chicken and ground goat.

Comments on final rule
The agency said, "In order to meet the 30 September 2008 implementation date and to provide the newly affected industries the opportunity to provide comments prior to issuing a final rule, the Department is issuing this interim final rule."

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