USDA Issues New Rule on Livestock Mandatory Reporting and Cool



A final rule has been issued that allows USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to take action against violators of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) and Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations.

“When someone fails to meet the LMR reporting requirements, it impacts the ability of AMS to publish timely and reliable livestock information that the industry relies upon,” USDA said.

Retailers or a person can be fined up to $10,000 per violation under the new rule.

With this new rule, LMR and COOL violations will now be under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.

COOL regulations were amended in 2016 to beef and pork muscle cut and ground beef from the mandatory requirements, due to Canada and Mexico saying that the rule discriminated against their livestock and violated international trade laws.


Read the final rule here…




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