AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE ISSUES INTERIM FINAL RULE FOR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING FOR CERTAIN PRODUCTS

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued an interim final rule, effective September 30, 2008, requiring the mandatory country of origin labelling for the following agricultural goods.

  • Muscle cuts of beef (including veal) lamb, chicken, goat, and pork
  • Ground beef, ground lamb, ground chicken, ground goat, and ground pork
  • Perishable agricultural commodities
  • Macadamia nuts, pecans, and peanuts
  • Ginseng

Definitions, requirements for consumer notification, product marking and recordkeeping responsibilities of both retailers and suppliers may be viewed at the following link: 
AMS Country of Origin Labeling