Livestock Producer Compliance with The COOL Interim Final Rule
Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech
Livestock producers are not directly regulated by the COOL interim final rule as livestock are not considered covered commodities. However, only producers have first hand knowledge concerning the origin of their animals. Definitive origin information must be provided to slaughter facilities so that meat covered commodities can be accurately labeled at retail. Presumption of origin by packers and other entities in the marketing chain is not permitted. For example, it is not acceptable to assume that if an animal has no ear tag and/or brands identifying that the animal was born and/or raised in Canada or Mexico, the animal is of U.S. origin.