USDA Eliminates COOL for Beef and Pork

On March 2, 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a final rule to remove beef and pork from mandatory country of origin labeling requirements (COOL).  AMS issued the regulation to conform with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.  The final rule became effective immediately.  The repeal of COOL for [...]

FSIS Instructs Inspectors on COOL

On February 3, 2015, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a notice to inspection program personnel (IPP) to make them aware of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) final rule on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) published in the Federal Register on May 24, 2013, which requires certain [...]

WTO COOL Ruling: What does it mean for the food industry?

On October 20, 2014, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Panel (DSP) issued a report which ruled that the revised Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation finalized by USDA in May 2013 (2013 Final Rule) did not make the COOL laws and regulations as applied to beef and pork compliant with the Technical Barriers to [...]

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