Raton Range: U.S. senators call for better meat labeling; At state level, bill to identify genetically engineered food dies

New Mexico’s U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are among 31 senators calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. trade representative to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to make sure Americans know where their meat comes from.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently required the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to adjust its rules requiring American retailers to clearly label where meat was raised and processed. The WTO said the United States’ current meat labeling, known as Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), does not meet WTO standards.