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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING (COOL) CTAHR Agricultural Education Workshop. Matthew Loke Hawaii Department of Agriculture Agricultural Development Division February 24, 2009 . Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill). Requires retailers to provide country-of-

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country of origin labeling cool ctahr agricultural education workshop

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING(COOL)CTAHR Agricultural Education Workshop

Matthew Loke

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Development Division

February 24, 2009

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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; and

  • Delayed implementation for all covered

commodities except wild and farm-raised

fish and shellfish until Sept. 30, 2008.

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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 LABELING2008 Farm Bill

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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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Exempts Processed Food Items

  • Items of different origins that are combined

with at least one other covered commodity

or substantive food component; and

  • Undergone further processing resulting in

change in commodity character

(i.e. cooking, curing, smoking and

restructuring, roasting).

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Who must label – The Retailer

  • 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

(Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act)

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Exempt Establishments

  • Food service establishments

including salad bars and delis

providing ready-to-eat foods; and

  • Butcher shops, fish markets, and

exporters.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Consumer Notification

  • Requires country of origin labeling by

retailers of covered commodities

conspicuously located at the final

point of sale; and

  • If from multiple origins, must list all

countries of origin.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Label Information

Labels must use commonly understood designations such as:

- Product of Hawaii, USA

  • Product of USA
  • Produce of USA
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Acceptable Retail Labels

  • Acceptable origin abbreviations only

recognized by U.S. Customs may be

used;

  • No specific size of lettering; and
  • State or Regional designations are

acceptable in lieu of U.S.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Acceptable Retail Labeling - 2

  • Can either be in the form of a placard

or sign, label, sticker, band, twist tie,

pin tag or other format; and

  • May also use stamp, mark, or other

clear and visible sign on the package,

display, holding unit, or bin.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

State and Regional Labeling Program

  • State, regional or locality label

designations are acceptable

(i.e. “Hawaii Grown”)

  • State-level country of origin programs

governed by this regulation are

preempted.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Supplier Responsibility

  • The law requires suppliers of covered

commodities must provide origin

information to buyers; and

  • May be specified on invoice, bill of

lading, placard on bulk containers, or

on individual packages.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Record Keeping

  • All records must be legible and

maintained electronically or in hard

copy format;

  • May be maintained in any location for

at least one year; and

  • When requested, provide records to

USDA representatives within five

business days.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Record Keeping – 2

  • Required to maintain records for

one year from date origin is declared

at retail; and

  • Pre-labeled commodities, label is

sufficient evidence to establish

the origin.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING

Questions?

Please contact – HDOA/Commodities Branch

Jeri.M.Kahana@hawaii.gov

Phone: (808) 832-0707

Brenda.M.Okazaki@hawaii.gov

Phone: (808) 832-0713

THANK YOU!