Inside U.S. Trade: "USDA Formally Tells Congress It May Need To Repeal Or Reform COOL"

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has formally told Congress that it may need to repeal the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law for meat or else change the statute to allow for a "generic label" if the United States loses a final appeal at the World Trade Organization later this month.

 

Vilsack delivered this message in a May 1 letter to lawmakers that broke new ground only in the sense that it amounted to a formal communication of this USDA position, which Vilsack had previously conveyed in comments to reporters in January.

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