Requiring producers to maintain records or conducting audits of the records packers will require when the country-of-origin-labeling law goes into effect next year is not prohibited under the Packers and Stockyards Act, according to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

If a packer's record-keeping requirements are reasonable, in light of the mandatory COOL program, and if the packer fully discloses the record-keeping requirements to the seller prior to purchasing livestock, the packer has not violated the PSA, GIPSA says. For more information, go to the GIPSA Web site at http://www.usda.gov/gipsa/programspsp/cool.htm