Farmers, ranchers call for quick Senate action on COOL repealWashington-With the World Trade Organization's decision to allow Canada and Mexico to place more than $1 billion in tariffs on beef, chicken and pork based on the last seven years of U.S. country-of-origin labeling requirements, farmers and ranchers are urging the Senate to act now to repeal the COOL mandate for beef, pork and chicken.
If Canada and Mexico impose these tariffs, U.S. farmers and ranchers would be at serious risk, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said in a statement.
"AFBF supports country-of-origin labeling that meets WTO requirements, and we support the remaining COOL programs, but the risk of retaliation by Canada and Mexico is too great. U.S. farmers and ranchers could suffer a serious blow if Congress does not act quickly," Stallman said.
The House of Representatives in June passed a bill repealing mandatory labeling for beef, pork and chicken