How much do you know about that steak you grilled this weekend?
Where was it raised? What was it fed? How did it get to your table?
A new law will help answer at least one of those questions. It’s called “Country of Origin Labeling,” or COOL for short.
It took effect March16th, so you may have noticed by now. Many fresh foods, like ground beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat and chicken, wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and ginseng are now labeled.
The law applies to fresh meat, fish, produce and nuts sold in supermarkets. It does not apply to butchers or fish markets. You should see a sticker or placard on these items indicating where they came from.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the law a “critical step toward providing consumers with additional information about the origin of their food.”