As of October, 2008 retailers will be required by law to label the Country of Origin on all fresh produce, meat, poultry and fish sold in the United States. This law was supposed to have been implemented back in 2002, but Congress delayed it under pressure from the industries. However, with recent food recalls in the spotlight, which have fueled consumers’ concerns over food safety, the law is finally going to be enacted.
American’s don’t unanimously agree on anything these days, but they seem to have come very close on the subject of food safety. Consumer Reports poll has found that 92% of all Americans think that imported food should be labeled with the country of origin.
Retailers that fail to properly label food in accordance with this new law face a $10,000 fine per violation.