To COOL or not to COOL: Should origin labeling be repealed?

11/29/2011 10:46:00 AM
Tom Karst

It is a given that retailers would love to repeal the country or origin labeling law, and the recent World Trade Organization dispute panel finding against the law appears to create an opening to shed the law with the official sanction of the world trade body. Find The Packer's coverage of the story here.

Of course it won't be that easy. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a statement that didn't appear to signal that the Administration would walk away from the law. From the USTR:

“We are pleased that the panel affirmed the right of the United States to require country of origin labeling for meat products,”  said Andrea Mead, Press Secretary for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. “Although the panel disagreed with the specifics of how the United States designed those requirements, we remain committed to providing consumers with accurate and relevant information with respect to the origin of meat products that they buy at the retail level. In that regard we are considering all options, including appealing the panel’s decision.”

Despite high rates of compliance with the law,FMI said the country of origin law needs to be repealed or rewritten.


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