Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is still under fire by the meat industry, this time they’re taking USDA to court. National Hog Farmer reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear the case against USDA about COOL on May 19th.
The meat groups, which include the National Pork Producers Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association argue Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack exceeded authority granted by Congress in the COOL statute and violates the First Amendment.
COOL requires meat packers to track foreign livestock through the production chain, this can incur additional costs.
Supporters of the rule say consumers have a right to know the country in which meats were born, raised, and slaughtered.
Mexico and Canada have already filed a case to the World Trade Organization, they say it limits trade between the countries. That decision is expected to come out in June or July.