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U.S. COOL Changes Rejected by NFU

(The Poultry Site)

The National Farmers Union in the U.S. has urged the government not to discuss laws changing Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) until after a World Trade Organization ruling on the matter. National Farmers Union (NFU) joined a diverse coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs.

They submitted testimony urging Congress to reject the inclusion of any policy riders in the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would weaken or rescind COOL or limit the rulemaking authority of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Agency (GIPSA).

“Opponents of basic rights for producers and consumers have repeatedly chosen the appropriations process as a mechanism to preempt the World Trade Organization (WTO) process on COOL and to limit the agriculture secretary’s authority to address anti-competitive market concerns,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Click here to read more.