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


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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