Posted October 25, 2013
Tyson Foods announced it has stopped buying Canadian cattle for shipment to its U.S. beef plants, citing the impact of country of origin labeling (COOL) rules, according to a Meatingplace article available here.
Tyson spokesman, Worth Sparkman, said the new policy became effective in mid-October and that Tyson is continuing to buy Canadian-born cattle that are finished for market at U.S. feedlots. 
Sparkman said the company does not have enough warehouse capacity to accommodate new products requiring different types of labels due to the new COOL rules. 
“Like many others in the North American beef industry, we’re very disappointed by the changes made in the [COOL] labeling rules.  These new rules significantly increase costs because they require additional product codes, production breaks and product segregation, including a separate category for cattle shipped directly from Canada to U.S. beef plants without providing any incremental value to our customers.” Sparkman said.
For more information on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), sign up for an upcoming webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center here.  The National Agricultural Law Center’s Reading Room on the subject is also available here.
Date: Thursday, November 14, from 12 to 1:30 (CST). 
Moderator: Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center
Presenters:  J. Dudley Butler, Farm and Ranch Law Group and John Dillard, Olsson Framk Weeda Terman Matz P.C.
Cost: $75 for attorneys seeking CLE credit, $50 for others


Registration information is available here.