Consumer groups are in favor of the country-of-origin labeling requirements, but pushback from neighboring countries and meatpackers have members of a House-Senate panel reconsidering COOL in the new farm bill.
Lawmakers met Wednesday to resume negotiations on the $500 billion farm bill. According to Reuters the risk of international sanctions has some participants debating a repeal or revision to the COOL policy. Canada has considered substantially raising taxes on some U.S. products, including beef.
“I am hopeful that working together we can prevent the imposition of tariffs on a wide array of products important to many states,” said House Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas in an opening statement. Under congressional protocol, he chairs the farm bill talks.
Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., voiced support of a House provision that was under development and expected to be a repeal clause for COOL.