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 beef and pork was enacted by Congress to respond to the case brought by Canada and Mexico before the World Trade Organization that the United States lost.  Please see this Lieberman PLLC Regulatory Alert for additional information.  Please contact Erik Lieberman at erl1@liebermanpllc.com or 202.830.0300 if you have any questions.