Citing COOL, Tyson no longer buying cattle from Canada

Tyson Foods has stopped buying Canadian cattle for shipment to its U.S. beef plants, citing the impact of U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules, company spokesman Worth Sparkman said in a statement to Meatingplace.

The new policy became effective in mid-October, he said. Tyson is continuing to buy Canadian-born cattle that are finished for market at U.S. feedlots.

"Like many others in the North American beef industry, we’re very disappointed by the changes made in the U.S. country-of-origin 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.

Tyson does not...

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