Camping food safety: Mexican food-style

Camping as a vacation option is growing in popularity, especially in the U.S. Nearly one million people took up camping for the first time in 2016, according to a survey sponsored by Kampgrounds of America.

Many of these campers indulged in the usual camping fare: hot dogs, sausages, grilled veggies and kabobs, among other things. […]

Tox Tuesday: Mexican resort death attributed to tainted alcohol

Tragedy struck earlier this year when a 20-year-old woman from the U.S. state of Wisconsin died after she and her brother were found unconscious in a pool at a resort in Mexico.

The siblings and their family had arrived at the resort just two hours before. They began their vacation with a few drinks, but […]

FDA bans some cilantro imported from Mexico

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this week it has issued a ban on some cilantro imported from Mexico. This comes after an investigation was launched which discovered that the imported vegetable was responsible for hundreds of reported intestinal illnesses in the U.S. dating back to 2012.

A recent article states that since […]

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 […]

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) […]

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.”), […]