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Livestock & Meat Groups Want COOL Relief Pending WTO Review

On Monday, a group of trade associations representing the spectrum of America’s beef and pork production system issued an urgent plea to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Froman. The coalition wan… Read More
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FDA Proposed Reg will be “Game Changer” for Auditing and Certification Organizations

Get ready, set, go! After years of delay, FDA is now on a fast-track to finalize its proposed regulation on accreditation of third-party auditors in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), 78 Fed. Reg. 45,781 (July 29, 2013) Accredi… Read More
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Canada, Mexico Think U.S. Labeling Requirements are un-COOL

The United States has irked its neighbors with a meat labeling mandate that may have the effect of discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock. The Canadian and Mexican governments believe that USDA’s new mandatory Country-of-Origin-Label… Read More
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AMS Issues Final COOL Amendment

On May 23, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule to amend the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations (which became effective March 16, 2009). The final rule provide… Read More
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New AMS Proposed Rule for COOL Drives Meat Industry Mad

While most people are filling out their brackets for March Madness®, producers of muscle cuts of meat are dealing with a different type of “March Madness.” On March 12, 2013, in response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that th… Read More
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