The American Farm Bureau Federation has formally ended its support for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for red meat.

The change was due to some state Farm Bureau groups arguing consumers would buy U.S. meat if they could identify it, while others said the recordkeeping would be a burden on farmers.

The 2002 farm bill included a provision for mandatory COOL to go into effect Sept. 30, 2004. Congress delayed it until Sept. 30, 2006 on all products except seafood.