Cesar A. Lopez-Morales

Opponents who could not see the issue more differently have nonetheless put the decision in the hands of a federal judge who heard the arguments last month, and she has not yet decided.  At issue is whether USDA was wrong to remove mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements after it was instructed by Congressional amendment to do. Congress first enacted COOL in 2002.

An amendment in 2016 eliminated the mandatory requirements for beef and pork.

Congress backed off after the World Trade Organization (WTO) found the mandatory labeling to be in conflict with trade agreements.  Canada and Mexico could
Continue Reading Cattlemen ask judge to impose mandatory COOL for beef, pork