The National Pork Producers Council has released the second of eight papers it will release to address the impact of mandatory country-of-origin labeling.

According to the NPPC's paper, COOL does not explicitly place legal liabilities on pork producers, but it does impose fines of $10,000 per violation per day on any covered retailer who has "willfully violated" the COOL legislation. Retailers are allowed 30 days after a violation to comply with COOL, but the law is not clear about what constitutes a new violation or the continuation of an old one.

Retailers have made it clear that they will require accurate information from their suppliers regarding a meat product's origin. To read the complete report, go to http://www.nppc.org/issue_brief/index.html