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March 19, 2013

USDA proposes to amend mandatory Country of Origin labeling rules to comply with WTO ruling

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments by April 11 on a proposal to amend the mandatory country of origin labeling (mCOOL) requirements for muscle cut meats to provide consumers with more specific information and modify the definition for "retailer" to include any person subject to be licensed as a retailer under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to an AMS statement issued this week. This change would adopt the recommendations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body, which has given the United States until May 23 to make the mCOOL requirements consistent with U.S. multilateral obligations.  

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