Agriculture, Environmental, and Trade Groups Urge Appeal of WTO Decision

The National Farmers Union (NFU), U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), Food and Water Watch, and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch are calling on the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to appeal the recent World Trade Organization decision on country-of-origin labeling (COOL). The groups said it was premature for talk of legislative action while the administration still has various options.

NFU President Roger Johnson said, “The ruling gives USDA and USTR the opportunity to redefine the rule without the need for Congress to get involved. There may well be a more clear way to define ‘born, raised, slaughtered’ such that it cleans up the confusion which was in the decision.” The USCA said, “Repeal is a blunt instrument for a process that is not even near close to being finished.” The NFU and USCA have been strong proponents of COOL for a number of years. 

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