USDA Finalizes COOL Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finished the final regulation for the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling program, also known as COOL.

COOL requires that things like ground beef, chicken, fruits and vegetables be labeled at retail to indicate what country it came from.

Now that the program has been finalized by the USDA, it will become effective on March 16th.

Retailers could face up to $1,000 in fines for each violation of the labeling law.