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As the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives work toward finalizing a new farm bill, several groups in favor of the current mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat are working to prevent legislative changes to the contentious requirements.
On Wednesday, National Faramers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to the members of the farm bill conference committee emphasizing the importance of finishing a five-year, comprehensive farm bill, while preserving the current COOL rule.
“If any harmful changes to COOL are included in the farm bill, it could very likely affect NFU’s ability to support the entire farm bill,” Johnson says. “Farmers, ranchers, producers and consumers strongly support COOL and I urge Congress to defend the current law.”
Several groups including NCBA and the American Meat Institute oppose the COOL rule, believing it creates unnecessary costs across the supply chain and potentially violates trade agreements.