COOL Declared Dead
By Angela Bowman, Associate Editor, PORK Network
The battle over COOL between the U.S. and its North American neighbors came to a head in early December after the World Trade Organization ruled Canada and Mexico could impose tariffs worth $1 billion on U.S.-traded products as retaliation over COOL.
Congress went on to repeal COOL in mid-December before these retaliations could take place. The USDA stopped enforcing COOL requirements for beef and pork in mid-December.
Now, according to Tuesday’s announcement, the final rule has officially eliminated COOL regulations from beef and pork, including muscle cuts, ground beef and ground pork.
As the USDA explained in a news release here, COOL regulatory requirements for chicken, lamb, goat, farm-raised and wild caught fish and shellfish, perishable agricultural commodities, peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and ginseng are still in effect.