New Food Labels Will Cost $2.5B: USDA

Law360, New York (August 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On Sept. 30, 2008, a delayed labeling law will come into effect requiring retailers to cite the country of origin for most meats and nuts. The cost of implementing such changes — estimated at $2.5 billion by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — could hike food prices that are already historically high.

Earlier this month, the USDA published an interim final rule for the labeling laws requiring large retailers to notify customers of the country of origin for commodities as stipulated by the 2002 and 2008...
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