Where’s the Beef from?: Federal judge will not block country-of origin labels

By Aliza Kempner

With Congress set to implement new country-of-origin (COOL) requirements in response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling declaring the old rules protectionist, a U.S. federal judge is having none of meat packers' complaints that these requirements will cost them millions.

The Department of Agriculture’s new labeling procedures require that meat labels separately list where livestock was born, raised, and slaughtered, replacing imprecise descriptions like “Product of USA, Canada.” With both Canada and Mexico threatening trade sanctions, including up to $1 billion in tariffs on U.S. products ranging from meat and apples to jewelry and furniture, this opinion could have far-reaching consequences.

Politico gives us the lowdown on Judge Jackson’s 76-page ruling and its implications. 


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