COOL Update: NFU on Voluntary Labeling

Taylor Hillman Cattle, Dairy & Livestock, General, Hogs & Pork, Poultry


Chandler Goule

The National Farmers Union says repealing COOL is the wrong move and supports voluntary labeling of meat. Sabrina Hill speaks with NFU Senior Director of Programs, Chandler Goule.

NFU Supports Voluntary Meat Labeling

With the World Trade Organization’s announcement of a billion dollars of allowed retaliatory tariffs for the US Country Of Origin Labeling Law, several groups and politicians are now saying that COOL law needs to be repealed. But the National Farmer’s Union says a full repeal is the wrong move. Senior Vice President of Programs for the NFU Chandler Goule explains their position.
To hear his comments listen to the report above, or listen to the full interview below.

Chandler Goule Full Interview on COOL

More on the WTO’s tariff decision:
The World Trade Organization has set the retaliation amount Canada and Mexico can place on American products in retaliation for the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law at $1.01 billion.

The COOL statute requires meat to be labeled with the country where the animal from which it was derived was born, raised and harvested. (It also applies to fish, shellfish, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and certain nuts.)

The WTO today said Canada and Mexico can put $1.01 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods because the COOL law, which the international trade body previously ruled violates U.S. trade obligations, discriminates against Canadian and Mexican animals that are sent to the United States to be fed out and processed.