Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

November 2003


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 11/12/2003. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Another step in the multi-year development and implementation of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was completed at the end of October when USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published proposed rules for mandatory COOL. These proposed rules, published in the Federal Register on October 30, 2003, provided AMS’s requirements for compliance with COOL and clarification of some issues raised through public comment on the voluntary COOL guidelines released last year. Additionally, AMS offered a summary of research identifying costs and benefits of the program and its own cost assessment.