Court of Appeals hears COOL arguments

The U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling law (COOL) had another day in court Thursday.

At issue before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was whether the denial of an injunction against the implementation of the rule by the U.S. District Court should stand. In September, District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson […]

EU to implement new origin labeling

Beginning in 2015, the European Union (EU) will require origin labeling on certain meat products.

The measure, which was approved by a majority of member states in the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health last week, will require origin labels on chilled, frozen and fresh pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat. In addition […]

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Vilsack: Let WTO resolve the country-of-origin labeling – Food Safety News

The U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law should be decided by the World Trade Organization (WTO) rather than […]

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Canada’s ag minister warns of “thickening” of border over COOL – Food Safety News

It’s the latest in the ongoing battle over the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

For […]

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Prevalence of Salmonella on chicken declines: FSIS – Meat & Poultry

Salmonella prevalence on raw chicken dropped 34 percent from the first to second quarters of […]

WTO to intervene in COOL dispute

Following requests from Canada and Mexico, the World Trade Organization (WTO) recently announced plans to take another look at the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) has said it will convene a panel to investigate whether the U.S. COOL law is in compliance with earlier WTO rulings. The panel will […]

Judge denies COOL injunction

An attempt to halt the implementation of the U.S. updated country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules has failed in court.

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson denied a request for a preliminary injunction from plaintiffs in a lawsuit hoping the block COOL. The plaintiffs include nine meat, cattle and pork industry groups that represent parties […]

Canada looks to WTO on COOL

As the debate over the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law continues, Canadian officials have requested additional World Trade Organization (WTO) involvement.

On Monday, Canada requested a WTO compliance panel to review the rule, which changes how “muscle cut” commodities are labeled in the U.S. The rule requires the meat’s origin designation to include information not […]

Groups fight COOL

Some of the meat industry’s largest trade groups are challenging the U.S.’s newest version of its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

The eight groups, which represent producers in the beef and pork industries from across North America, say COOL violates the U.S. Constitution by “compelling speech in the form of costly and detailed labels on meat […]

Canada names potential items on COOL tariff list

Pushing back after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final country of origin labeling (COOL) rules last month, Canada has released a list of U.S. commodities up for potential retaliatory tariffs.

The U.S. and Canada have been sparring over the rule, which also have been the subject of a World Trade Organization (WTO) […]