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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

Beef Research Money Tied to Record Low Cattle Population

America's cattle numbers are lower than ever, but safety research hangs on

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Beef lovers, you might want to make sure you’re sitting down. In 2013, the population of cattle in the U.S. hit its lowest point since the 1950s. It might not look like it from the line at the fast-food drive-through, but America’s herd size has actually been in decline since its peak in 1975, when… Continue Reading

Big Day for Challenge to U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling Rule

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UPDATE: After a two-hour hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said she’ll have a decision on the meat industry’s request for a preliminary injunction within 14 days. Led by the powerful American Meat Institute, most of North America’s meat industry today will be asking a federal court in Washington, D.C., for a… Continue Reading

Five Importing Nations Ban Beef from Brazil Over Mad Cow

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Five counties – not including the United States — have now banned Brazilian beef entirely as a precaution after the country’s handling of an incident of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in 2010. Japan, China, South Africa, South Korea and Saudi Arabia have blocked beef from Brazil because of the BSE, or Mad Cow Disease report,… Continue Reading

Cattlemen’s Country of Origin Labeling Lawsuit Faces Lawyer Problem

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Cattlemen who support the United States’ Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law were not pleased with the news that Italian lawyer Giorgio Sacerdoti of the World Trade Organization has given Washington, D.C. a spring deadline by which it must repeal or modify the COOL law. But for the growing list of cattlemen and their organizations,… Continue Reading

WTO Cannot Change U.S. Law, Trade Representative’s Office Says

The first thing a federal judge in Denver is going to have to sort out when hearing the controversy over country of origin labeling (COOL) is whether a dispute really exists. It’s possible there is a big misunderstanding occurring over how to read a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling vis-à-vis U.S. law. “I can tell… Continue Reading

COOL Act Moves to U.S. District Court in Denver

An act that would require meat, chicken and fish to be sold with a label indicating their country of origin has made its way to district court after being struck down by the World Trade Organization. The U.S. Country of Origin Labeling Act, also known as the “COOL Act,” which was found by WTO to… Continue Reading

R-CALF Says Checkoff Diverted to Influence Policy

An independent cattlemen’s group is charging its larger competitor with using federal “Beef Checkoff” marketing dollars to illegally influence government actions and policies. The Billings, MT-based R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America made the charge earlier this month against the Denver-based National Cattleman’s Beef Association in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Attorney General… Continue Reading

Monopoly Practices Divide Rural America

FORT COLLINS, CO–The joint Department of Justice/USDA workshop that was held here was a day-long demonstration of how rural America’s views are widely differing when it comes to whether there is too much private contracting going on in the marketing and production of livestock and poultry.  The idea of government getting between producers and packers… Continue Reading