The U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld the decision to deny an appeal to halt Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) enforcement. On July 29th, in an en banc decision, the court decided by a 9-2 majority that it is legal to require information about where meat comes from.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the decision on COOL is a victory for farmers. He says U.S. livestock producers are proud of what they make and are willing to give consumers the information they want.
This is the third time COOL has won in court. Johnson says it will reduce confusion about the origins of meat products.
Other NAFTA countries disagree. Canada appealed in February to the World Trade Organization saying the cost of required origin labeling is an impediment on trade. If the WTO agrees, Canada’s Agriculture Ministry Gerry Ritz announced his country is ready to impose retaliatory tariffs.