Coalition urges USDA to protect mandatory COOL

A coalition of 229 farm, rural, faith, consumer and environmental organizations from 45 states delivered a letter urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect the integrity of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat products. FULL STORY »

NFU applauds bipartisan coalition on COOL

The National Farmers Union (NFU) commended a recently formed bipartisan coalition of Senators, led by Jon Tester of Montana, in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to ensure that American families know where their food comes from. FULL STORY »

Commentary: COOL confusion

Does mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) increase consumer demand for U.S. beef? R-CALF USA believes it does. A recent Kansas State University study indicates it does not. And either way, the World Trade Organization (WTO) says the United States needs to modify the rule by May 23, 2013 to comply with trade agreements. FULL STORY »

WTO sets deadline for COOL compliance

An arbitrator with the World Trade Organization (WTO) this week set a deadline of May 23, 2013 for the United States to modify its requirements for country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat. In his ruling, the arbitrator says a period of 10 months from July 23, 2012, the date the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body issued its rulings on the issue, is a reasonable time for implementation. FULL STORY »

COOL adversaries comment on ruling

Last week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a decision on the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat, drawing mixed reactions and creating some confusion among industry groups. On Monday, AgriTalk Radio’s Mike Adams spoke with representatives on either side of the dispute -- Canadian Cattlemen's Association president Martin Unrau and Tim Reif, general counsel for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). FULL STORY »

Audit finds lax enforcement of COOL regulations

If you shop at supermarket meat departments, you’ve probably seen packages of meat labeled as “Product of USA, Canada, Mexico,” or with no country-of origin-label at all, and wondered whatever happened to COOL. FULL STORY »

COOL comments

In the Oct. 9 issue of the Food Systems Insider newsletter, we asked readers their opinions on country of origin labeling. Here are the results and some of their comments. FULL STORY »

Canadian Cattlemen's Association Supports COOL Challenge

Representatives of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), led by President Travis Toews, attended the second round of oral hearings examining whether the United States Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) law violates the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. Held in Geneva, Switzerland on December 1 & 2, this second and final oral hearing is, for Canada, the culmination of more than two years of work compiling and documenting the negative impacts of COOL on the Canadian cattle industry.

COOL heats up – in Canada and Mexico

Country of origin labeling hasn’t been getting much attention in the U.S. lately, but the issue is hot north and south of our borders as producers blame the policy for lower prices and lost revenue. FULL STORY »

Get ready for COOL


COOL gains momentum in Senate

Cattlemen urge support for Meat Promotion Act. FULL STORY »

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