The Impact Of Country Of Origin Labeling

1020 WordsMar 13, 20155 Pages
Hannah Allen The Impacts of Country of Origin Labeling On September 30, 2008 the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was required on beef in the United States as a part of the Farm Bill. The labeling is required on muscle cuts and ground beef in retail stores. Restaurants, butcher shops, and other markets don’t require these labels. Beef that was born, raised and harvested in the United States is labeled as a product of the United States. “There are three other labeling categories: Animals that are born and/or raised in a different country then harvested in the U.S. are labeled as a multiple origin product and must identify all relevant countries,” ( Everyone who is in possession of the beef animal is required to know the origin or have the origin records in their ownership. Once the Country of Origin Labeling was in place an issue surrounded the program; is the added cost of labeling a benefit to producers and consumers. The National Farmers Union ( wrote an article stating that both farmers and consumers benefit from COOL. However, an Auburn study found that it had a negative effect on the demand for cattle imports into America. “The Auburn University not only demonstrated that that fed cattle price basis actually declined after COOL went into effect, but also that COOL had no negative impact on imports of slaughter cattle and did not significantly affect imports of those of feeder cattle,” ( The United
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