House votes to repeal country of origin labeling

It’s now up to the United States Senate and President Obama to determine whether the U.S. repeals its country of origin labeling law, known as COOL. As of now, it doesn’t like either will ride to the rescue of the consumer-friendly law…

The law was part of the 2002 Farm Bill and was expanded to include some non-meat food products in 2008. It requires labels to tell consumers where beef, pork, fish, lamb and chicken came from…

Pretty soon, no one will know where their food comes from.  I don’t even like it when labels only say, “Product of U.S.A.”  Really?  Which state?  How long did this food travel before it ended up in my hands?  Was it made from Chinese and/or U.S. products?  Because there’s a big difference. Why keep this information secret?  What are the manufacturers hiding?  How are we supposed to trust the food on our grocery store shelves?

8 thoughts on “House votes to repeal country of origin labeling

  1. not a big deal to me…i mean, i do think its better to state the point of origin on food products, but, i am still going to buy what i need/want to buy. if they stop the labeling, i’m still gonna buy meat, chips, or noodles from the asian store. ai will still have the same selection, so nothing changes really.


    • Well, when one of those products starts making people sick or killing them, how will they know where it’s from? How will they know how to stop the sickness and deaths? Especially considering it can take the CDC months or even years to become aware and investigate these kinds of things.

      For instance, do you know how many children’s products are recalled because they have lead in them? Lead poisoning can take years to make kids sick. But at least children’s products are forced to include where they’re made on the label.

      Just because we have no other choice but to buy these products doesn’t mean we should be happy about it or ignore it.

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      • ok. first, any item at a store has numbers revealing its shipment info and batch and lot numbers, so the store can immediately contact the seller regarding issues leading to the need for recalls of that product, batch, lot, etc.

        second, the primary source of lead poisoning in children is from dwellings that at one time had lead based paint. when the law later required no lead in paints, some people just painted over the lead paint rather than scraping it and sanding it. I believe that some childrens’ products may contain low amounts of lead, and these are also probably not objects the child is teething/chewing on. however, this is still a very small amount of ingested lead, if at all. that leaves old lead paint as the primary culprit, and today that is quite unusual.

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