AMS finalizes COOL repeal

Discussion of voluntary COOL may make its way into Senate bill on biotech labeling.

As directed by Congress through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is issuing a final rule that amends the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) regulations by removing the requirements for muscle cuts of beef and pork as well as ground beef and pork.

The catch-all federal spending bill repealed these COOL requirements, and immediately after the legislation was passed in December, USDA stopped enforcin

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