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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING (COOL). Jeri Kahana Commodities Branch Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill).

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING(COOL)

Jeri Kahana

Commodities Branch

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

farm security and rural investment act of 2002 2002 farm bill
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002(2002 Farm Bill)
  • Requires retailers to provide country-of-origin labeling for beef, lamb, pork, fish, perishable agricultural commodities and peanuts
  • Delayed implementation for all covered commodities except wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish until Sept. 30, 2008
food conservation and energy act of 2008 2008 farm bill
Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008(2008 Farm Bill)
  • Expanded the list of covered commodities to also include chicken, goat, ginseng, pecans, and macadamia nuts
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Covered Commodities

  • Muscle cuts of beef (including veal), lamb, chicken, goat, and pork ; ground beef, ground lamb, ground chicken, ground goat, and ground pork; fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; pecans; peanuts; ginseng; and macadamia nuts.
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Processed Food Items Exempted

  • Items of different origins that are combined with at least one other covered commodity or substantive food component
  • Undergone further processing resulting in change in commodity character

(i.e. cooking, curing, smoking and restructuring, roasting)

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Who must label – The Retailer

  • A Retail business engaged in the selling of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables with an annual invoice value of more than $230,000 during a calendar year
    • Licensed by PACA
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Exempt Establishments

  • Food service establishments including salad bars and delis providing ready-to-eat foods
  • Butcher shops, fish markets, and exporters are excluded
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Consumer Notification

  • Requires country of origin labeling by retailers of covered commodities conspicuously located at the final point of sale
  • If from multiple origins, must list all countries of origin
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Label Information

  • Labels must use commonly understood designations such as:
    • Product of Hawaii, USA
    • Product of USA
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Acceptable Retail Labels

  • Acceptable origin abbreviations only recognized by U.S. Customs may be used
  • No specific size of lettering
  • State or Regional designations are acceptable in lieu of U.S.
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Acceptable Retail Labeling (con’t)

  • Can either be in the form of a placard or sign, label, sticker, band, twist tie, pin tag or other format
  • May use also stamp, mark, or other clear and visible sign on the package, display, holding unit, or bin
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State and Regional Labeling Program

  • State, regional or locality label designations are acceptable

(i.e. “California Grown”)

  • State-level country of origin programs governed by this regulation are preempted
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Supplier Responsibility

  • The law requires suppliers of covered commodities must provide origin information to buyers
  • May be specified on invoice, bill of lading, placard on bulk containers, or on individual packages
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Recordkeeping

  • All records must be legible and maintained electronically or in hard copy format
  • May be maintained in any location for at least one year
  • When requested, provide records to USDA representatives within five business days
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Recordkeeping (con’t)

Retailer Responsibility

  • Required to maintain records for

one year from date origin is declared at retail

  • Pre-labeled commodities, label is sufficient evidence to establish the origin
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Questions? Please contact -

Jeri.M.Kahana@hawaii.gov

Phone: (808) 832-0707

Brenda.M.Okazaki@hawaii.gov

Phone: (808) 832-0713