Over 100 Congressmen Urge USDA to Prepare for COOL Ruling

If the United States loses the World Trade Organization case concerning country-of-origin labeling (COOL), a bipartisan group of 112 Congressmen is urging the administration to immediately rescind the current COOL rule while Congress finds a permanent legislative solution.

Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) said, “If the WTO finds the COOL rule to be non-compliant, the resulting consequences could have a detrimental impact on our economy. Congress must be prepared to act and find a solution that maintains a healthy relationship with our trading partners and protects the American economy.” The WTO has informed the United States, Canada and Mexico of its ruling on whether the current COOL rule is non-compliant with U.S. trade obligations. The WTO is expected to make public its ruling in September. 

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