The next time you buy a package of meat at the grocery store, you might notice something different. A new USDA rule requires packages of meat to include labels that tell you *the country* where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
The rule took effect back in May, but companies were given a six-month grace period to make the change. The rule applies to ground meat and so-called "muscle cuts" of beef, veal, lamb, pork, goat, chicken, wild fish, as well as certain nuts and other food products.
A number of companies in the meat industry are opposed to the new rule, which they say raises production costs. Supporters of the measure say consumers have a right to know where their meat comes from.