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Democratic senators hope China beef deal will lead to WTO-compliant COOL law

June 19, 2017

Two Democratic senators on Tuesday said they hope a traceability requirement U.S. meat packers must meet to ship beef to China will lead to practices that will allow the U.S. to re-implement a country-of-origin labeling law that is compliant with World Trade Organization rules.

[Brett Fortnam & Jack Caporal] June 14th, 2017 [Inside Trade]

During a Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee hearing on the Agriculture Department's fiscal year 2018 budget request, Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said they hope the U.S. will be able to re-implement COOL based on best practices that will be utilized when U.S. meat packers ship beef to China.

The agreement the U.S. has reached with China to export beef requires that cattle born, raised and slaughtered in the U.S. are “traceable to the birth farm using a unique identifier,” according to requirements issued by USDA.

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