Check labels on products and signs in stores to see if you can learn a product's country of origin and also to discern if a product labeled as a reliable brand name may be a counterfeit. If a country has had significant food or product safety problems, you might choose to avoid products from that country. While many non-food consumer products, have mandatory country-of-origin labeling, implementation of a federal law passed in 2002 requiring country-of-origin labeling on beef, pork, lamb, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood and peanuts has been delayed until 2008. Currently only prepackaged retail-ready foods, and certain non-processed seafoods sold in the United States are required to have country-of-origin labeling. Some stores and grocery chains have adopted voluntarily country-of-origin labeling. You can shop at stores that voluntarily include country-of-origin labeling or give you more information about the food source. Request that stores you frequent start labeling products now. Unfortunately, with import inspection rates so low, checking the product's origin is not sufficient. The recent problems with contaminated toothpaste from China involved counterfeit products – they were labeled to look like a major brand and listed South Africa is the origin. Many counterfeit products can be detected by simply reading the label. Look for spelling errors or anything that seems out of the ordinary and if you find anything unusual, don't use it. Call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 ext. 650 to report suspect products. Look at the ingredient label to determine if any of the ingredients have been recently reported as tainted. When problem ingredients are uncovered, find out more information.