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New Regulations Mandate Country of Origin Labels

New regulations at U.S. supermarkets are giving consumers information about where the fresh food they buy originates.

Country of origin labels will now be on beef, pork, lamb, chicken, goat meat, perishable agricultural commodities, peanuts, pecans, ginseng, and macadamia nuts. For safety advocates it is a huge step forward.

"It's vitally important to ensure that products coming in from other countries as well as ones growing here are quickly identified in an outbreak," says Caroline Smith DeWaal, Director of Food and Safety Center for Science in the Public Interest.

But some food safety advocates say country of origin labeling is not specific enough, and say that labels should contain bar codes that can automatically trace foods all the way back to the farm.

Sources: ABC News October 5, 2008

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