A series of workshops to explain how to comply with new country-of-origin labeling laws is scheduled for three locations in August. The workshops will be held on August 12 at the Four Points Sheraton, Baltimore, Maryland; August 13 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, Illinois; and August 14 at the Wyndam Hotel, San Jose, California.

The workshops provide the unique opportunity for retailers and their meat and produce suppliers to sit side by side and learn about the new laws and how to implement them together. COOL labeling is set to go into effect Sept. 30, 2008. The workshops are sponsored by the American Meat Institute, the Food Marketing Institute and the United Fresh Produce Association.

Attendees will hear directly from USDA experts who’ve written the regulations, get direct answers to questions and will have the opportunity to talk with industry legal and business experts about compliance with the law and supply chain efficiency. Registration is $195 and space is limited. To register, click on one of the following links:

Baltimore: http://www.fmi.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=3CA320000004C
Chicago: http://www.fmi.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=3CC6A00000592
San Jose: http://www.fmi.org/forms/meeting/MeetingFormPublic/view?id=3CC6800000397

Source: MeatAMI.com