New law: country of origin labeling

Good news on the food scene: A new law called COOL (Country Of Origin Labeling) has just gone into effect -- and not a moment too soon, especially given the recent scary and appalling news about melamine being added to foods in China (intentionally!!), including baby formula (apparently melamine makes a product look like it contains more protein). With COOL, we'll all be able to see where everyday food comes from, including raw meat, wild and farmed fish, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, peanuts, pecans, macadamias, and whole ginseng (the goal was to label high-volume items, apparently). Of course, many fresh foods already had U.S.-grown labels (such as Vidalia onions and Florida grapefruit), so those won't change; and of course, not all imports are bad. But it's new power for the consumer to know what they're buying and where it's from, and to choose local whenever possible.

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