The spending bill passed by Congress on Friday repealed the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) regulation that let consumers know where their meat came from.
The decision follows a ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO) that found the labels discriminate against meat raised and slaughtered outside the United States. The WTO permitted Mexico and Canada to impose more than $1 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation if the labels were not pulled from packages of beef and pork. The nations are the U.S.’s top agriculture partners. 
Meat packers and members of Congress had fought for years to repeal the law, even though country-of-origin labels also appear on many foods, including peanuts, fish, and apples.
“Our attitude was we were going to use every available mechanism to get a bad idea, and a bad law, repealed,” said Mark Dopp, general counsel for the North American Meat Institute, a group that represents livestock producers and meat packers such as Tyson Foods Inc. “While we couldn’t initiate WTO litigation, we were glad that the Mexican and Canadian governments did.”
The labeling gained support in Congress in 2000 when mad-cow disease (known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans) weighed heavily on the minds of lawmakers and consumers alike. Consumer groups argued at the time that the labels would help shoppers avoid products from countries hit particularly hard by the disease. Meat packers, however, said the regulations imposed unnecessary costs and burdens by requiring them to track and sort animals throughout their lifetimes. 
Brazil suffered an outbreak of mad-cow disease as recently as 2014, and hoof-and-mouth disease has plagued the country.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will continue to inspect all meat before it reaches grocery store shelves, but food labeling advocates compare eliminating nation-of-origin labeling to removing ingredient labels that Americans depend on to know what is in their food.
“This is a rotten way to do legislation, by attaching these barnacles on the omnibus bills in the dark of the night,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, a Washington, D.C.-based organization.
Ninety percent of Americans support country-of-information labeling on meat products, according to a 2013 survey.
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Article sez: “Ninety percent of Americans support country-of-information labeling on meat products, according to a 2013 survey.”
So once again, Congress has snottily shown its disdain of normal American citizens; and once again we see the lethal foolishness of allowing injurious riders into so-called ‘must-pass’ bills.
yes and you forget that America was about to lose billions if they didn’t pass the bill. Good job telling half the truth and then whining about it.
Once again you lie by Deliberately ‘forgetting’ something – the corporatist-fascist control of certain bought legislators (mostly GOPers) who once again obeyed their masters and underhandedly put a repugnant-to-all-citizens rider in the so-called must-pass bill.
The international court ruled in favor of other countries to levy billions of dollars in tariffs against America. The only lie is you denying it.
Screw the international courts, and the WTO. Americans don’t want it and don’t give a rat’s ass what the WTO thinks.
Just STOP eating meat! Its animal abuse, plus you’re eating GMO crap, toxins and growth hormones.
Screw the WTO and congress they are to be looking out for the people of this country. I give a dam less about other countries problems they need to deal with it. Our congress has been doing this for years that’s why most of the businesses and plants left this country and went else where. Its time they pay attention to the American peoples wishes; the people who pay them. NOT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS WHO PAY FOR THEIR CAMPAIGN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE