Imminent Trade War Averted: Congress Repeals COOL for Beef and Pork in Omnibus Spending Bill

As part of a massive US$1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill (H.R.2029) that passed on December 18 and was signed into law by President Barack Obama, Congress repealed the World Trade Organization (WTO)-inconsistent country-of-origin labeling rules (COOL) that it adopted in the 2002 and 2006 farm bills, avoiding a major trade war with Canada and Mexico.

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