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House Passage of Bill to Repeal Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Is Critical First Step in Avoiding Billions in Penalties Imposed by WTO

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
 

Washington, DC – The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) today said passage of a bill to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat and poultry by the House of Representatives is an essential first step in rolling back the anti-trade law that prompted Canada to announce $3 billion in retaliatory duties.  

“Chairman Conaway and Representative Costa have shown incredible leadership in encouraging the U.S. live up to its obligations and abide by World Trade Organization rules,”  said NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “Everyone knows this is not about food safety.  It's an issue of marketing, and that should be decided in the marketplace. We hope the Senate will move quickly to vote for repeal so the President can sign the bill and put this failed experiment behind us.”

While COOL proponents claim consumers want and are willing to pay for labels that declare where animals were born, where they were raised and where they were slaughtered, the marketplace suggests otherwise. “Research by Kansas State University showed no change in demand for products after the labels went into effect,” Carpenter said. 


 

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