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“We’re still working to introduce legislation in Congress to require labels on beef, pork, and dairy products... we believe we’re nearing the top of the hill,” R-CALF USA says on its website. Officials here think that’s unlikely but are keeping a close watch given the huge impact of country-of-origin labelling on Canadian cattle producers.

Country-of-origin labelling discussion re-emerges in U.S.

Some American ranchers are ‘making a lot of noise’ but odds of a return to COOL law seem slim

Reading Time: 4 minutes Mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) is gone, but there’s a new effort by American beef producers wanting to bring it back. “It’s still hugely on our radar,” said Alberta Beef Producers chair Melanie Wowk. “When COOL was first instituted in 2003, it was costing us about $600 million a year, so I think you could say […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Amended CUSMA pact includes anti-COOL clause

The new Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), a free trade deal set to replace NAFTA, includes language meant to block any future bids at a trade-disrupting country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law. The new clause would, in theory, checkmate a move made last summer by some Democrat members of the U.S. House of Representatives to have a new North […] Read more


U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota meets a double-amputee rescue dog at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Rookie U.S. House Democrats call for COOL revival

Several new members of the U.S. House of Representatives who’ve pressed for stronger language on labour and environmental standards in the revised North American free trade deal now also want it to include country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat. A letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, dated Tuesday and signed by 27 freshman House Democrats, […] Read more

While Alberta producers used high prices to pay down debt and rebuild infrastructure, their American counterparts added two million cattle, a major reason why calf prices are down by half.

Good times gone in a flash for cattle sector

Cash-to-cash basis is one 
of the lone bright spots, 
but that too could vanish 
if Trump White House brings back COOL

Reading Time: 4 minutes Anne Wasko has had a knot in her stomach since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election. “I’m certainly hopeful, but the one thing that makes me nervous at any time is uncertainty,” said Wasko, marketing analyst with Gateway Livestock Marketing. “It’s way too early to jump to conclusions, but the fact is, […] Read more


A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent monitors the Canada/U.S. border near Sweet Grass, Montana, about 100 km southeast of Lethbridge. (CBP.gov)

Guenther: Canada’s beef export sector waiting, watching

As speculation swirls around U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate NAFTA, officials with Canada’s beef industry are taking a measured approach. They’re not ignoring the possibility of trade disruptions in the U.S., said Ryder Lee, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association — “but neither are we lighting our hair on fire yet at each […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Cattle producers urge trade fight if Trump revives COOL

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canadian cattle producers will urge Ottawa to retaliate against the U.S. if the incoming Trump administration imposes a meat labelling program it views as discriminatory, restarting a six-year trade battle, an industry group said on Wednesday. U.S. news network CNN reported on Tuesday that a memo drafted by President-elect Donald Trump’s […] Read more


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U.S. COOL rules formally off beef, pork

The U.S. Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has formally patched a long-sore spot in cross-border trade relations by pulling its country-of-origin labelling (COOL) regulations off beef and pork. The AMS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), published its amendments Wednesday in the U.S. Federal Register. The changes, which took effect upon publication, mean […] Read more

Most American producers are glad that Canadian cattle are no longer subject to a labelling law.

U.S. producers glad that COOL is gone

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is also strongly behind the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Reading Time: < 1 minute American cattle producers are just as happy about the demise of the country-of-origin labelling law and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as their Canadian counterparts. That’s the take of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) after its executive and executive director attended the annual convention of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in California last month. “We were […] Read more



(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Canada, Mexico granted COOL retaliation power

Canada and Mexico may now impose retaliatory tariffs against U.S. goods at will over Washington’s country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules — just in time for the process of erasing those rules to begin. U.S. President Barack Obama late Friday signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, an omnibus bill approving funding for various government agencies and […] Read more