A Food and Beverage Law Blog
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Digest has been tracking the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (“COOL”) rules that the WTO decided last year violate international fair trade rules.  It was the third time the WTO found COOL to be unfairly discriminatory. In response to the threat of retaliation by Canada and Mexico, last week, the House Agricultural Committee voted to repeal a portion Read More

Sunday, February 22, 2015

On  February 13, 2015, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service approved the Arctic apple, a genetically modified strain of apple developed to resist browning.  A Canadian company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., first filed its petition for deregulation nearly three years ago.  The technology works by “turning off” the production of a certain Read More

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yesterday, a D.C. Circuit decision came down upholding the country of origin labeling requirements (“COOL”). COOL is the law that requires retailers licensed under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act to, among other things, label certain meat products with information regarding where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. In yesterday’s ruling, the Court took an expansive approach to the Zauderer Read More

Friday, January 31, 2014

A decision has not come down from the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling “COOL” law , but Canada is positioning itself to launch a trade-war with the United States just in case. Earlier this week, the Farm Bill was passed by the House of Representatives and made its way to the Read More

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Written by in: Labeling , USDA

The battle continues between key players in the meat industry against USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling “COOL” law, which was finalized in May 2013.  On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments. COOL requires retailers licensed under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act to label certain meat products Read More

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Written by in: Labeling , USDA

In November, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service published a final rule relating to generic labeling of meat and poultry products regulated by the USDA.  Unlike labeling for food regulated by FDA, labeling for meat and poultry products regulated by the USDA has historically been reviewed and approved by USDA.  This rule, which will be effective on Read More