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Sources: WTO Ruled Against U.S. on Country-of-Origin Labeling

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against the U.S. in a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over country-of-origin labeling for meat products, according to anonymous sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal. The final ruling has been released to the governments involved with the dispute, but has not yet been officially released to… Continue Reading

Congress Members Ask USDA to Drop COOL if WTO Disapproves

WTO said to have finished report


If the World Trade Organization (WTO) sides with Canada and Mexico in their complaint that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) laws in the U.S. put their meat exports at an unfair disadvantage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture should rescind those laws and allow Congress to resolve the issue, said 112 members of Congress in a letter to… Continue Reading

Meat Industry Loses Appeal on Country-of Origin-Labeling


The meat industry may still be waiting on the World Trade Organization to make a call on country-of-origin labeling (COOL), but in the meantime they’ve lost another round in their fight against the rule in the D.C. Circuit courts. COOL laws mandate that meat products be labeled to tell where the food animals were born,… Continue Reading

Groups Jockey for Position Ahead of Final WTO Decision on COOL


As the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) final decision regarding country of origin labeling (COOL) looms, industry is asking Congress to prepare for a judgment against the U.S. “With little potential for quick Congressional action after a WTO final adjudication, we request that Congress authorize and direct the Secretary of Agriculture to suspend indefinitely the revised… Continue Reading

USDA ‘Confident’ About COOL at WTO, Congress May Want a Backup Plan


Members of Congress are feeling antsy about the World Trade Organization decision on country of origin labeling (COOL) expected this summer. During a House budget hearing on Wednesday, Edward Avalos, the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, responded to questions about the case. U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)… Continue Reading

Meat Industry Loses Attempt to Block Country-of-Origin Labeling

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is allowing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) of the born, raised and slaughtered production step on meat to continue. COOL took effect last year, but the meat industry had tried to block the rule. Today, the court denied a preliminary injunction against enforcing COOL and… Continue Reading

Is Country-of-Origin Labeling a Food Safety Issue?


Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is not a food safety issue. Except when it is. The law requires that much of our food be labeled with its source country, but the requirement that meat be labeled with the specific country where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered is currently an issue at the World Trade Organization… Continue Reading

Farm Bill: No Repeal of Country-of-Origin Labeling

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Livestock groups are expressing disappointment that “a fix” to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) was not included in the final farm bill and warning that they plan to actively oppose its passage through Congress. “COOL is a broken program that has only added costs to our industries without any measurable benefit for America’s livestock producers,” read a… Continue Reading

Advocates Ask Congress Not to Change Origin Labeling in Farm Bill


As the farm bill conference wears on, various Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) advocates are calling on Congress not to make changes to the rule that would limit source information. On Wednesday, 96 farm, ranch, consumer, rural, labor and faith-based groups sent a letter to conferees expressing opposition to a recent proposal that the “born, raised and slaughtered”… Continue Reading

EU to Expand Meat Origin Labeling in 2015


The European Union plans to introduce origin labeling for pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat that will include information on where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The European Commission said that the rule will allow EU consumers “to know where the meat they buy comes from – a demand they have clearly expressed.” According… Continue Reading