Farm Bureau urges Senate to repeal COOL requirements on beef, chicken and pork
Washington – Iowa Farm Bureau President and American Farm Bureau Federation Board Member, Craig Hill, testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee on the risks American farmers and ranchers face in light of the World Trade Organization’s ruling against mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork sold in the U.S.
“Farm Bureau clearly hoped the WTO would rule in favor of the United States on the regulatory changes made to COOL in recent years,” Hill, a grain and livestock farmer from Milo, Iowa, said. “But the writing on the proverbial wall is clear: that was not the outcome.
“We urge the Senate to act quickly to repeal the COOL requirements for beef, pork and chicken and prevent Canada and Mexico from taking retaliatory actions that will impact farmers and ranchers all across the nation.
“American Farm Bureau supports country-of-origin labeling that meets WTO requirements, and we appreciate that remaining COOL programs are being kept in place. The risk of retaliation by Canada and Mexico is too great. U.S. farmers and ranchers could suffer a serious blow if decisive action is not taken.”