Tuesday, August 11, 2009


The Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law for food labels has been in full effect since March. The country of origin must be shown on labels so you can "Buy American" if you choose or check to see if there is a health hazard in the country that grew the frozen vegetables you're thinking of buying. The COOL law had already been in place for fish and fresh fruits and vegetables. The law is important to collectors of labels, because in years to come the labels will be an indication of the age of the label or package.


NBF said...

Thanks for the collecting labels tip.

A comment of note about the 'food origin' law. Be forewarned -- Recently an older, otherwise healthy friend of mine nearly died of food poisoning when she bought & ate raw, 'fresh broccoli' w/ a 'grown in China' label at a local supermarket. The hospital re-
peatedly 'flushed black bits of the stuff' from her colon for weeks afterward !

Cheers, Martha

Anonymous said...

6,000 miles from the West Coast to China or 9,000 miles from the East Coast would make me question twice (or 3 or 4 times) the Chinese definition of 'Fresh'. I feel that American produce is much safer than anything that China makes, grows or harvests.