Report calls MCOOL a trade barrier, recommends integrated system based on quality, not origin

Calgary, AB –The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed a joint report released by the Fraser Institute this week that finds that the Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (MCOOL) law in the United States (U.S.) imposes substantial costs on producers for a labelling system that is of little benefit to consumers.

The report by the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public policy organization in Washington, D.C., recommends that the U.S. and Canada improve their already highly integrated supply chain for red meat by streamlining regulations to create a single red meat regime. Under this regime, Canadian and U.S. products would be priced according to their quality, with a single bi-national country of origin label.