Stabenow releases COOL proposal
Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today released a proposal to deal with the World Trade Organization decision against U.S. Labeling for beef and pork on the grounds it discriminates against Canadian and Mexican producers.
“This approach is a pathway to finding a solution on country of origin labeling,” Stabenow said.
“COOL serves an important role for consumers and industry. However, the WTO has been clear that we must find a solution that is consistent with our international trade obligations. This proposal offers a viable alternative and I look forward to discussing it at our hearing and with my colleagues in the Senate as we work to come to agreement on a bipartisan solution,” Stabenow said.
“I have consistently opposed COOL during its failed tenure,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R. Kan.
“However, I appreciate ranking member Stabenow’s attempts to find a solution. This is a positive step forward in a dialogue that we must have to find a resolution that prevents retaliation,” Roberts said.
“The United States’ day in court is over. Canada and Mexico have won in the WTO and only they can turn off retaliation. Any action we take in Congress must meet their approval.”
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