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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued what it calls an “interim final rule” for Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) that mandates labeling for beef, chicken, goat meat, lamb, produce, peanuts, pecans, ginseng and macadamia nuts, effective September 30, 2008.

However, these items are excluded from mandatory COOL if they are an ingredient in a processed product. And, USDA reduced recordkeeping retention requirements for suppliers and centrally-located retail records to one year and will not require that retail stores maintain the records.

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What is the difference between an “interim final rule” and a “final interim rule”?