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country-of-origin labeling -- COOL?


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country-of-origin labeling -- COOL?

alkapal | Mar 16, 2009 05:39 AM

today, the new regulations go into effect. from the official website:

"A meat product from beef (including veal), pork, lamb, chicken, or goat must bear a COOL label or is subject to labeling providing COOL information if:
It is sold at retail,

It is a muscle cut, or
It is a ground product

The product is EXEMPT from COOL labeling requirements if:
The meat product is sold at foodservice (e.g., restaurants, institutions, etc.),

The meat product has undergone specific processing resulting in a change of character (e.g. cooking, curing, smoking or restructuring) or has been combined with at least one other covered commodity or other substantive food component. The exemption includes, for example, the following:

a. Hot dogs and sausages
b. Lunch meat
c. Cooked products
d. Breaded products
e. Cured products
f. Products in which the meat is an ingredient (e.g., spaghetti sauce with meat).
g. Fabricated steak
h. Meatloaf
i. Marinated pork tenderloin"

more, detailed info for masochistic food or legal geeks:


"Hi, I'm a T-Bone steak, but I used to be called Bob, and was raised in Texas. I was a Pisces, and loved leisurely strolls across the pasture. I was mercilessly slaughtered here in the U.S. for your consumption, by evil corporations bent on global domination. (But I digress. Wait, I can't digress -- I'm dead.) Enjoy!

P.S. Medium-rare is my best look."

(credit & kudos to Mandy Connell, WINK-am news radio).

finally, at first glance, i have to ask: what is "fabricated steak"?

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