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I'll Take My Food To Go... But How Far?

January 27, 2009

Madison, WI - A group advocating sustainable and organic agriculture is voicing concerns over the new Country-of-Origin Labeling law (COOL). The Agriculture Department's rule is designed to list the origin of food, but the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) says loopholes in the law erode its intention, in some cases. COOL was formally adopted in September under the Bush Administration, but before the official six-month trial period was complete.

Harriet Behar, organic specialist for MOSES, says the loopholes sometime make it difficult to identify food origin, particularly when different ingredients in a processed product come from more than one country.

"Let's say the U.S. meat in the product is only 5 percent. They could still label it as the first item in that list when they're listing the countries."

Behar indicated, while the labeling rule isn't perfect, consumers are better-informed as a result.

"Consumers want to know where their food comes from and they really do care about supporting local farmers."

Over time, Behar expects more flaws will be discovered in COOL, as consumers and regulators have more experience with sourcing what gets sold and eaten.

"There are still a few loopholes and, I guess as things progress, we'll see how many more people find."

The National Farmers Union and others had urged the Ag Department to wait the full six months before finalizing the rules.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI