Seventy representatives of more than 30 livestock industry groups met to discuss the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law, which takes effect Sept. 30. The coalition has developed a unified approach to complying with the new law.

Livestock Marketing Association organized a meeting in Kansas City where the coalition agreed on universal language for the livestock origin documents required to move along the custody/ownership. The point behind that, of course, is to ensure that meat products addressed under COOL is accurately labeled at the retail level.

The coalition produced three country-of-origin affidavit/declaration statements. To view the statements and an "Industry Stakeholder Letter," click here.

LMA officials point out that the statements are recommendations to the livestock industry to establish origin claims on livestock, including cattle, veal, swine, sheep and goats that are covered by COOL.

Source:  Livestock Marketing Association