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Amendments to Nebraska Bill Might be Expansion Card for Smithfield Foods


Recently filed amendment language now pending in the Nebraska Legislature could clear the way for Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc. to own, control, and feed hogs in contract swine operations in the state. The foreign-owned agribusiness is already a major employer in Nebraska. At a public hearing last month, Legislative Bills (LB) 175 and 176 pitted the independent… Continue Reading

Canadian BSE Case Demonstrates Need for COOL, Lobby Group Says


R-CALF USA, which represents the U.S. cattle industry in trade, marketing and private property rights issues, is pointing to a recent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — or, as it is commonly called, “mad cow disease” — in a Canadian cow as a reason to maintain country-of-origin labeling (COOL). The World Trade Organization (WTO)… Continue Reading

Appeals Court Won’t Tamper With COOL, But Keeping It Could Be Costly


Another day, another ruling on the so-called country-of-origin labeling (COOL) of muscle cuts of meat. The latest is a decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit not to rehear the dispute. That means, unless the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue, that domestic courts are fine with U.S…. 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

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


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


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


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