WASHINGTON (AP) - Shoppers will have more information about
where their food comes from under a new policy starting Monday.
Labels on most fresh meats, along with some fruits, vegetables
and other foods, will now list where the food originated. In the
case of meats, some labels will list where the animal was born,
raised and slaughtered.
Food safety groups have long lobbied for the policy, which was
enacted by Congress as part of a wide-ranging farm bill last year.
It's also popular with ranchers in the northern part of the United
States who compete with Canadian cattle producers.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last month asked the meat
industry to go beyond the new policy, which was written by the Bush
administration, to be even more specific about where an animal was
born, raised and slaughtered.