Federal spending bill repeals ‘COOL’ regulations

U.S. Congress approved a $1.1 trillion spending package on Friday, Dec. 18, that avoids a government shutdown and funds federal agencies through next fall.
The House overwhelmingly approved the measure, 316-113, and the Senate backed the bill 56-40 on Friday. President Obama was expected to sign the bill into law Friday afternoon.
One of the bill’s more controversial measures involved repeal of the country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork products.
The repeal of COOL requirements means the Agriculture Department will no longer be enforcing the rule for labeling muscle cuts of beef and pork, and ground beef and ground pork.
Details in the Dec. 23 Albion News Print & E-Editions.