Source: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule allowing USDA to take action as needed, including levying civil penalties, against violators of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting and the Country of Origin Labeling regulations. The action extends the current rules of practice under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, to include LMR and COOL violations.
The rules of practice for LMR and COOL set a clear and efficient process for all stakeholders regarding any enforcement actions and facilitate the agency’s work to ensure timely compliance.
When someone fails to meet the LMR reporting requirements it impacts the ability of AMS to publish timely and reliable livestock information that the industry relies upon. The COOL program ensures consumers have information regarding the origin of many foods available in the marketplace.
Enforcement provisions in the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 allow up to $10,000 in fines per violation for violating the LMR regulations. Additionally, the act allows fines for a retailer or person engaged in the business of supplying a covered commodity that willfully violates COOL regulations.
A notice is published in the Federal Register. For additional information, contact Doug McKalip, Country of Origin Labeling Division acting director at 202-720-4486; or Michael Lynch, Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News Division director at 202-720-4846.