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NAMA Extremely Disappointed by Farm Bill Omissions

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Farm Bill that is emerging from conference lacks language that would have provided a fix for Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL). Without a WTO-compliant resolution to mandatory COOL the U.S. opens itself to serious retaliation from both Canada and Mexico.

In response, NAMA has joined a coalition of meat industry groups writing to Congress to express deep disappointment with the exclusion of the COOL language. Also missing is the Conaway-Costa Amendment, which would, among other things, have resolved ongoing issues related to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). 

"North American Meat Association is extremely concerned that Congress has refused to resolve these critical issues. Without these provisions, we are forced to aggressively oppose the Farm Bill," said NAMA CEO Barry Carpenter. "This failure to address COOL also makes it imperative that the U.S. government push the WTO to expedite its process in order to provide the certainty necessary for the industry to move forward." 

With representatives in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and a community of more than 600 companies, North American Meat Association provides its members exceptional regulatory advocacy, educational opportunities, and a spirit of partnership that is unique in the industry.

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