On Tuesday, the USDA released its final rule to repeal the controversial mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork.
The battle over COOL between the U.S. and its North American neighbors came to a head in early December after the World Trade Organization ruled Canada and Mexico could impose tariffs worth $1 billion on U.S.-traded products as retaliation over COOL.
Congress went on to repeal COOL in mid-December before these retaliations could take place. The USDA stopped enforcing COOL requirements for beef and pork in mid-December.
Now, according to Tuesday’s announcement, the final rule has officially eliminated COOL regulations from beef and pork, including muscle cuts, ground beef and ground pork.
Click here for the full final rule as published in the Federal Register on Mar. 2.
As the USDA explained in a news release here, COOL regulatory requirements for chicken, lamb, goat, farm-raised and wild caught fish and shellfish, perishable agricultural commodities, peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and ginseng are still in effect.