Mandatory country-of-origin labeling is on the way for food products sold in the US, though not without controversy. Originally set to go into effect in 2004, implementation of the new law was repeatedly pushed back by the formerly Republican-controlled US Congress, most recently until 2008. In early 2007, however, the newly empowered Democrats introduced legislation to move the deadline back up a year, and in July 2007 the House Agriculture Committee voted to require country-of-origin labels on meats starting in 2008.
This is not just a partisan political issue. Overwhelmingly, US consumers want to be informed about where their food comes from. In a Consumer Reports survey of more than 1,000 Americans conducted in June 2007, 92% said they wanted to know which country produced the food they are buying. Many also said they'd like the choice of buying products made with ingredients sourced only in the US, since food imports can no longer be assumed safe.