Congress spending bill repeals COOL meat labeling

The US policy requires labeling on meat that states where livestock animals are born, where they are raised, and where they are slaughteredUS congressional leaders have moved to repeal mandatory country-of-origin meat labeling rules that the WTO said violated trade agreements and permitted Canada and Mexico to levy $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs. US manufacturers and trade groups hailed the provision in the “omnibus” $1.15 trillion spending bill agreed late Tuesday that is expected to pass Congress by the end of the week. On December 7 Canada and Mexico, the second- and third-largest US trade partners, won World Trade Organization approval to impose up to $1 billion a year in trade sanctions against the United States over its Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law requirement on beef and pork.

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