January 18, 2016

Congress Repeals Country of Origin Meat Labeling Law

In December, Congress repealed a labeling law that required retailers to include where the beef or pork was born, raised, and slaughtered.  According to the Associated Press, the meat industry had been fighting against the law in court and Congress since the early 2000s.

US lawmakers stated that they repealed the law after the World Trade Organization (WTO) repeatedly ruled against them.  The WTO recently ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico and authorized them to begin more than $1 billion in economic retaliation against the United States for this particular labeling practice.

Consumer groups say that labels help people make more informed decisions and encourage purchases of American meat.