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Food Safety

Report: Food Recalls Have Nearly Doubled Since 2002 – Food Safety News The number of U.S. food products recalled — and the costs associated with those recalls — have nearly doubled […]

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.”), […]

Chilling is cool, others are not: FSA survey looks at perceptions of meat treatments

Much of consumers’ resistance to new decontamination techniques for meat may stem from the lack of adequate information on the procedures, according to a new study from the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency (FSA).

More than 2,000 people from around the U.K. participated in the survey, which was part of FSA’s program to reduce […]

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 […]