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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

USDA publishes final COOL rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final version of the changes to country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for muscle cut commodities last week.

The rule changes how these commodities are labeled to require the origin designation to include information not only on where the meat came from (currently often listed as “Product of the U.S.”), […]

USDA publishes proposed changes to country of origin labeling (COOL)

A proposed rule would change labeling on certain products, including meat, to still provide origin information while conforming to international trade agreements.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the proposed change to country of origin labeling (COOL) rule Friday. A pre-publication version currently is available on the Federal Register website, with the final version […]

Coalition files lawsuit against WTO in country of origin labeling case

The fight over labels of origin for meat sold in the U.S. isn’t over, despite a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling.

Earlier this week, a coalition of groups including the Made in the USA Foundation and the Ranchers-Cattleman Action Legal Fund, filed a lawsuit against the WTO in Denver’s U.S. District Court hoping to get […]

World Trade Organization: U.S. rules about country of origin label on meat wrong

The U.S. must make changes to a program requiring the labeling of meat with its country of origin, following a ruling handed down from the World Trade Organization (WTO) today.

The law required U.S. grocers to label beef, pork, chicken and lamb with their country of origin, or post signs with the information. It was […]