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NFU to Congress: Don’t Let Our Neighbors Bully You on COOL

WASHINGTON (May 30, 2013) — National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to Congressional leadership today, expressing concern over threats of retaliatory action that were recently made by Canadian and Mexican trade officials over the United States’ country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

“COOL provides important, commonsense information to American consumers about their food, and many of our trading partners require the same information from the United States,” Johnson noted in his letter.

Last week, the USDA published a final rule governing COOL in order to comply with requirements set forth by a recent WTO ruling based on disputes brought forth by Canada and Mexico. The new rule will require labels for certain foods, particularly muscle cuts of meat, to include the countries in which the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

“The WTO Appellate Body ruled in 2012 that the COOL law itself is WTO-compliant, but the way in which it was implemented is not. To solve this issue, USDA’s final COOL rule fully complies with the ruling and resolves the dispute,” Johnson said. “Imminent retaliation is nothing more than a scare tactic designed to persuade Congress to change the COOL law, which has already been ruled WTO-compliant.”

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Editor's Note: This article is from NFU.