USDA Puts Meat Labeling Rule Under Microscope

Law360 (January 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to scrutinize a late Bush administration regulation requiring that meat sold in large grocery stores be labeled with its country of origin, as well as the feedback sent in response to the controversial rule.

Stressing that he is a staunch proponent of country-of-origin labeling, known as COOL, requirements, newly named U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said that his department will nonetheless analyze the regulation thoroughly before March 16, when it is scheduled to take effect.

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