R-CALF USA applauds House introduction of Mandatory Country of Origin Beef Labeling bill

R-CALF USA members are applauding Congressman Lance Gooden (R-Tex.) and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who have introduced legislation to require the U.S.

Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative to reinstate mandatory country of original labeling (MCOOL) for beef.

This legislation joins its companion effort already introduced in the Senate, the American Beef Labeling Act of 2021, S. 2716.

The bipartisan Senate bill was introduced by Senators John Thune (R-S.Dak.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Rounds (R-S.Dak.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in September 2021. 

 The Senate version has swelled to 10 bipartisan cosponsors with hundreds of cattle industry, manufacturing, labor and consumer groups in support. According to U.S.

Department of Agriculture data, the United States continues to import beef from 20 different countries and approximately 135,000 head of live cattle a month from Canada and Mexico.

“American cattle producers are being unfairly displaced out of their own market,” said R-CALF USA Field Director Karina Jones.

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