Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Fruit and vegetable origin rules deadline

Effective September 30, 2008, all fruits and vegetables (and other named commodities) sold in the U.S. will have to be marked with their country of origin.

In 2002, the Farm Act amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require retailers to inform consumers of the country of origin for covered commodities. The term "covered commodity" was defined to include muscle cuts of beef, lamb, and pork; ground beef, ground lamb, and ground pork; farm-raised fish and shellfish; wild fish and shellfish; perishable agricultural commodities; and peanuts. Perishable agricultural commodities are defined as fresh fruits and vegetables.

The application of this change has been put off repeatedly for a variety of reasons. For more details, check out the USDA COOL web pages, which can be found at:http://www.ams.usda.gov/cool/.

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