Under the law, “covered commodities,” including whole muscle cuts and ground pork for retail sales, must comply with country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements. The Seaboard Foods integrated food production system offers pork products from animals born, raised and harvested only in the United States.
Born, raised & harvested in USA
To assist our retail customers with the country-of-origin labeling requirements effective May 24, 2013, Seaboard Foods is taking the following steps:
Provide Products Born, Raised & Harvested in USA
Seaboard Foods processes animals that are born and raised only in the United States. We require affidavits stating animals delivered to our processing plants were born and raised in the United States. The affidavits are on file and available if needed for audits.
Box Labeling and Branded Case-Ready Labeling
Seaboard Foods prints “Product of USA” on its boxes. As allowed by the rule, processors can designate "Product of USA" as the origin for all three production steps on cases for covered commodities. However, retailers must provide information for all three production steps at point of sale to consumers.
To assist retail customers, Seaboard Foods will convert all branded, case-ready packaging COOL language from "Product of USA" to "Born, raised & harvested in USA." The majority of branded Natural PrairieFresh® Premium Pork case-ready packaging should be converted by Nov. 23, 2013. Plain, non-branded packaging will continue to state “Product of USA” and retailers will need to communicate with consumers all three production steps with additional labeling or signage. Boxes will continue to include "Product of USA," but the box label will include an additional statement for covered commodity products that states "Born, raised and harvested in USA."
Provide Rail Strips to Declare Country-of-Origin to Consumers
Seaboard Foods offers rail strips stating "Born, raised & harvested in USA" to assist in labeling the origin of all three production steps at point of sale to consumers. Retailers can order rail strips for Natural PrairieFresh® Premium Pork, PrairieFresh® Premium Pork (moisture-enhanced products) and non-branded covered commodity products online at the Merchandising Center.
Print Country of Origin on Bills of Lading and Invoices
Seaboard Foods prints the country of origin for covered commodities on bills of lading and invoices as a way for you to maintain COOL records. Bills of lading and invoices list all three production steps as "Born, raised and harvested in USA."
Provide Retrievable COOL Information through Product Trace Online System
COOL information is linked to the Customer Care Center Product Trace system, where you can easily trace covered commodity products to identify country of origin in addition to other important product information. Use the serial number located on the box label to retrieve information from the Product Trace system. Your Seaboard Foods sales representative can provide your user log-in information if you do not have a Customer Care Center account.
Note: All PrairieFresh Prime® pork products, both seasoned and unseasoned, and all seasoned Natural PrairieFresh® Premium Pork items are not considered a covered commodity and are exempt from country-of-origin labeling. All Daily's® Premium Meats and 67th Street BBQ™ made with Sweet Baby Ray's® products are exempt from country-of-origin labeling requirements. These products will voluntarily state Product of USA or have no statement. Retailers are not required to list all three production steps at point of sale for these products.