NFU Urges Congress to Leave COOL Alone

Speaking to the North American Meat Association Forum in Chicago this week - Canada's Minister for Agriculture warned about a thickening of the U.S.-Canadian border because of country of origin labeling. He also reiterated a warning that Canada would have to seek retaliatory tariffs if COOL isn't changed or eliminated. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson calls the threats unjustified and out of line. He says the U.S. shouldn't take direction from Canada - noting they don't dictate what is compliant. Johnson says the important thing to remember is that the World Trade Organization found the COOL law to be compliant and many other countries in the WTO have similar laws. Johnson also responded to the attempts of U.S. packer-producer organizations and their foreign counterparts to undercut or reverse COOL law in recent weeks. He said their attacks on COOL are misleading and do not have the interests of U.S. family farmers and ranchers in mind. NFU - Johnson says - will continue to stand up for U.S. family farmers, ranchers and consumers on this issue. He says the group urges Congress to uphold the law as it stands and allow USDA, USTR and the WTO to do their work.

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