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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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Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Development Division
February 24, 2009
origin labeling for beef, lamb, pork, fish,
perishable agricultural commodities and
commodities except wild and farm-raised
fish and shellfish until Sept. 30, 2008.
to also include chicken, goat, ginseng,
pecans, and macadamia nuts.
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.
Exempts Processed Food Items
with at least one other covered commodity
or substantive food component; and
change in commodity character
(i.e. cooking, curing, smoking and
Who must label – The Retailer
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)
including salad bars and delis
providing ready-to-eat foods; and
retailers of covered commodities
conspicuously located at the final
point of sale; and
countries of origin.
Labels must use commonly understood designations such as:
- Product of Hawaii, USA
Acceptable Retail Labels
recognized by U.S. Customs may be
acceptable in lieu of U.S.
Acceptable Retail Labeling - 2
or sign, label, sticker, band, twist tie,
pin tag or other format; and
clear and visible sign on the package,
display, holding unit, or bin.
State and Regional Labeling Program
designations are acceptable
(i.e. “Hawaii Grown”)
governed by this regulation are
commodities must provide origin
information to buyers; and
lading, placard on bulk containers, or
on individual packages.
maintained electronically or in hard
at least one year; and
USDA representatives within five
Record Keeping – 2
one year from date origin is declared
at retail; and
sufficient evidence to establish
Please contact – HDOA/Commodities Branch
Phone: (808) 832-0707
Phone: (808) 832-0713