Packers that require producers to maintain certain records or conducting audits of those records for the mandatory country-of-origin-labeling law is not prohibited under the Packers and Stockyards Act, say Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration officials.
In light of COOL, if a packer's recordkeeping requirements are reasonable and if the packer fully discloses those requirements to the seller prior to purchasing livestock, the packer has not violated the PSA, GIPSA officials say.

For more information, go to the GIPSA Web site at http://www.usda.gov/gipsa/programspsp/cool.htm