(Posted Mon. Dec 7th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association today renewed its call for Congress to repeal the noncompliant provisions of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law to honor our international trade obligations. NCGA’s appeal comes on the heels of a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision that Canada and Mexico can move forward with more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs for U.S. noncompliance on COOL labeling for meat.
“Congress must act to fix COOL now,” said Ohio farmer John Linder, chair of NCGA’s Trade and Biotechnology Action Team. “Canada and Mexico represent two of our largest trading partners. Noncompliance threatens our market share and has serious ramifications for the entire food supply chain and the rural economy. America’s farmers and ranchers cannot afford to wait any longer. We urge Congress to bring the U.S. into compliance.”
NCGA is a member of the COOL Reform Coalition, an organization representing more than 140 U.S. food, agriculture, and manufacturing industries that advocates for U.S. compliance with WTO obligations.