The U.S. House of Representatives is working to reinstate the country-of-origin labeling deadline to Sept. 30, 2004. A proposed bill would overturn a two-year delay that Congress approved in January. If this new bill passes, food processors and retailers would be required to apply country-of-origin labels on red meat, seafood, produce and peanuts.

COOL is a hot topic, with some groups supporting labels to distinguish U.S.—grown food from foreign competitors, while others want a voluntary labeling program. There are still questions about who will bear the costs involved. Many also are concerned about the record keeping demands.

The Senate has many COOL supporters, so if this bill passes the House, you can expect it to get a serious review in the Senate.