Suggestion for Congress to Address COOL
There was new pressure for a solution to the Country of Origin meat labeling rule, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley feels COOL helps both producers and consumers and should be saved—but not by USDA.
Grassley: “I think the USDA has tried and tried and if they thought there was some way that they could write a WTO- compliant rule by amending but I presume that the statute is fairly restrictive — so that is why I think Congress better take a look at it.”
COOL implementation was delayed seven years from its creation in the 2002 farm bill, was then challenged successfully by Canada and Mexico at the WTO with a first ruling in 2011 and a second this week. Grassley can’t say how to fix the rule, but offered this
Grassley: “I’m willing to look at re-writing the legislation — and I don’t even have a suggestion at that point. But I do believe in the principle that consumers ought to know where there food is coming from, just like they know where their t-shirts are coming from.”