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R-CALF USA and American Meat Institute Discuss Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The CEOs of the Rancher’s Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI) characterized their meeting today as a cordial and productive exchange of their respective views concerning the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law contained in the 2002 Farm Bill.

“We both explained each of our positions in a very cordial and forthright manner,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard. “No decisions were made, and no agreements were reached – other than that we would continue to represent our respective members on this issue, and at some point, when we are able to identify an area of common interest, we have agreed to meet again.”

“I know that Bill Bullard and I can agree that the meat industry has done a good job in responding to consumer demand for various meat products. It is our hope that we can continue to discuss ways to benefit the industry as a whole” said Patrick Boyle, AMI’s CEO.

Today’s meeting occurred in Washington, D.C., after an exchange of letters between R-CALF and AMI officials.

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Note: This news release was jointly approved by R-CALF USA and AMI.

For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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