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Canada and Mexico Call for COOL Repeal

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

Canada and Mexico last week issued a joint statement urging the U.S. Senate to repeal country-of-origin (COOL) labeling laws for beef and pork to avoid more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs, which the World Trade Organization authorized on December 7.

“Canada and Mexico recognize that the U.S. House of Representatives repealed COOL for beef and pork last June, and we renew our call on the U.S. Senate to quickly do the same in order to avoid retaliation against U.S. exports,” the statement said.

In response, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts indicated COOL repeal would be included either in the 2016 omnibus spending bill currently being negotiated or addressed in an emergency bill.

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