4 U.S. senators are pushing, as soon as again, for some type of obligatory country-of-origin labelling (mCOOL) of beef.
Earlier this week, on September 8, two Republican and two Democrat senators introduced a invoice entitled the American Beef Labeling Act, which might require the U.S. Commerce Consultant to develop World Commerce Group-compliant mCOOL inside a 12 months of the invoice passing.
Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the invoice.
“Unfortunately, the current beef labeling system in this country allows imported beef that is neither born nor raised in the United States, but simply finished here, to be labeled as a product of the USA. This process is unfair to cattle producers and misleading for consumers. When you see a ‘product of the USA’ label on the grocery store shelf, it should mean just that,” says Thune.
Thune and Booker are members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Booker, some could acknowledge, supported a invoice earlier that may shut so-called confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) within the States.
In an e mail to RealAgriculture, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Affiliation (CCA) says, “While this mCOOL labeling bill is separate from the USDA labeling review currently being undertaken to clarify the existing voluntary Product of USA label, CCA notes that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has repeatedly stressed the need for any new origin labeling requirement to be consistent with U.S. WTO obligations.”
If mCOOL or an identical measure is adopted by the U.S., CCA says Canada is allowed to impose retaliatory tariffs as much as $1 billion, with the burden on the U.S. to go to the WTO to argue that the brand new measure is compliant, all of the whereas with the retaliatory tariffs in place.
The CCA says it continues to work with the Authorities of Canada and American stakeholders to make sure recognition and avoidance of interruption to the built-in North American beef system by means of all labelling efforts.