News Date: 07/21/2009
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced new rules concerning honey and it’s labeling. The 2008 Farm Bill amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require country of origin labeling (COOL) if it contains official USDA grade marks or statements. The new rule will bar any honey products from the market if they do not comply with the 2008 Farm Bill and its country of origin labeling requirements. In order for the industry to clear the market of non-compliant labels, the new rule will not take effect until October 6, 2009. (By: Sean McCarver, Policy Contact: David Hickey)
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