As the new administration reviews the final rule regarding mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL), more and more members of Congress are weighing-in.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, recently said in his newsletter, “by and large, I think USDA did make some improvements in the final rule compared to earlier versions of it, but USDA didn’t go far enough in clarifying the meat-labeling provisions to ensure that meat exclusively of U.S. origin is accurately labeled for sale to consumers and that comingled food products are properly labeled.” The chairman also indicated the regulations should be modified to remove their present exemption from COOL for several food products, such as mixed or comingled vegetables and canned foods, which consumers would expect labeling.

Meanwhile, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the House Ag Committee, believes the rule should go into effect as planned, with the results reviewed at a later date to determine if modifications to the rule are needed.