USDA Replies to House on COOL

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack replied to the 114 Congressmen who wrote him in July urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule if the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules against the United States.

Vilsack said in a letter, “We have received the final, confidential report from the WTO Compliance Panel and expect that the WTO will make the findings public in the fall. The Department of Agriculture continues to collaborate with the Office of the United States Trade Representative regarding our next steps in this dispute. It is imperative that the United States continues to show that we will honor our trade obligations and that we will support America’s farmers, ranchers and processors. We will continue to work closely with you to find that balance.”

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