The South Dakota Senate recently voted down Senate Bill 135, which would have reinstated country of original labeling (COOL) within South Dakota borders, reports KOTA News. The bill was defeated 21-13.
Once federal law, COOL was repealed by the U.S. Congress in 2015. COOL required grocery stores and supermarkets to label various types of meats, fish, fruits and vegetables with information regarding their source of origination.
SB 135 would not have been as far-reaching as the federal COOL regulations. The bill would have required country of origin labelling on beef products sold in South Dakota. Proponents of COOL assert that other products, such as clothing, include information concerning where the product was made. Opponents believes that COOL imposes unnecessary regulations which negatively impact small businesses.