A number of major livestock, poultry and meat organizations opposed final passage of the farm bill because of the conference committee’s failure to address Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). In a letter to the conferees, the group said, “We are also disappointed that a WTO-compliant resolution to mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) was not reached, particularly in the face of retaliatory actions by the governments of Mexico and Canada. This retaliation will be crippling to our industries and threaten the long-term relationship with two of our most important export markets.  COOL is a broken program that has only added costs to our industries without any measurable benefit for America’s livestock producers.” Those signing the letter were the American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation and North American Meat Association. The National Farmers Union, Consumers Federation of America and U.S. Cattlemen opposed any changes to COOL and keeping the current COOL requiremennts.

 

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