The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that it will miss the deadline for the publication of final regulations concerning voluntary country-of-origin labels for meat, produce and fish. A deadline of 30 September was set by Congress for the final regulations to be published, but now it is likely that the proposed guidelines will be published next week after which the public will be given time to comment on the proposal. The guidelines will then be finalised by the USDA.