Restore and Expand Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling


After a World Trade Organization dispute, US requirements for mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) for beef and pork were repealed by Congress in 2015. Since then, these products can be labeled “Product of the USA” even if they were born, raised, and slaughtered elsewhere, as long as they are processed or packaged in the US. This practice harms smaller producers, who are outcompeted by cheaper imported products, and confuses consumers. Expanding and clarifying MCOOL regulations will restore market integrity and fair competition for US producers, while allowing consumers to make fully informed purchasing decisions.

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