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 […]

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 […]

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.”), […]

Canada looks at tariffs over COOL

Despite its name, the situation between the U.S. and Canada regarding country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is anything but cool.

Canada could impose almost $1 billion in tariffs on U.S. products if the U.S. doesn’t comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on meat labeling by a May 23 deadline, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said […]

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 […]

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New country-of-origin labeling regulations: No new law – Food Safety News

U.S. officials hope to amend its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law while still complying with a World Trade Organization […]

Russia imposes restrictions on U.S. meat

Russia has imposed new trade rules on U.S. beef and pork, requiring the exports to be free of a feed additive that causes the animals to grow quicker.

To ensure compliance, the Russian government announced it will begin testing U.S. beef and pork imports for the additive, ractopamine. The move comes after the U.S. Senate […]

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UN says food price crisis unlikely but urges action – Huffington Post Food

Although global food prices have stabilized, many fear unrest as seen after a similar food crisis […]