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USDA AMS Federal Register Notice is “Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling of Covered Commodities: Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection”

Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling of Covered Commodities.
OMB Number: 0581-0250.
Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2016.
Type of Request: Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection.

Abstract: The farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) (Pub. L. 107-171), the 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Act (2002 Appropriations) (Pub. L. 107-206), and the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) (Pub. L. 110-234) amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (Act) (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.) to require retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin covered commodities. Covered commodities included muscle cuts of beef (including veal), lamb, chicken, goat, and pork; ground beef, ground lamb, ground chicken, ground goat, and ground pork; wild and farm- raised fish and shellfish; perishable agricultural commodities; macadamia nuts; pecans; ginseng; and peanuts. AMS published A final rule for all covered commodities on January 15, 2009 (74 FR 2658), which took effect on March 16, 2009. On May 23, 2013, AMS issued a final rule to amend the country of origin labeling provisions for muscle cuts covered commodities (78 FR 31367). The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114-113) amended the Act to remove mandatory COOL requirements for muscle cut beef and pork. And ground beef and ground pork. The Agency is issuing a final rule to conform with amendments to the Act contained in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which appears in this edition of the Federal Register. The estimated number of respondents and estimated total annual burden for this information collection is being revised to reflect these amendments.

Individuals who supply covered commodities, whether directly to retailers or indirectly through other participants in the marketing chain, are required to establish and maintain country of origin and, if applicable, method of production information for the covered commodities and supply this information to retailers. As a result producers, handlers, manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and retailers of covered commodities are affected.

This public reporting burden is necessary to ensure conveyance and accuracy of country of origin and method of production declarations relied upon at the point of sale at retail. The public reporting burden also assures that all parties involved in supplying covered commodities to retail stores maintain and convey accurate information as required.

Go to the USDA AMS Notice for additional information and details.

Source: March 2, 2016 USDA AMS Federal Register Notice

Comments Due By: May 2, 2016

Web site: The March 2, 2016 USDA AMS Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-02/html/2016-04611.htm

The March 2, 2016 USDA AMS Federal Register Final Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-02/html/2016-04609.htm

USDA AMS has additional information about the Country of Origin Labeling available at
http://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/cool

Contact: Questions may be directed to Julie Henderson who is the Director of the Country of Origin Labeling Division of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service at 202 720 4486; e-mail: Julie.Henderson@AMS.USDA.gov

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