On 12 April 2011, the USDA sought public comments on guidelines for a voluntary initiative seeking to prevent the importation into the United States of agricultural products produced by forced or child labor. The guidelines, published in the Federal Register, stem from the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, which directed a consultative group to develop recommendations relating to a standard set of practices for independent, third-party monitoring and verification for the production, processing and distribution of agricultural products to reduce the likelihood that such products are produced with forced or child labor.

A meeting was held on 12 May 2011 to obtain oral comments on the guidelines. Written comments are due no later than 11 July 2011.