Country-of-origin labeling?

This article was originally published in September 2015

The U.S. House repealed Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) in the middle of a longstanding but unfinished trade dispute at the World Trade Organization. The Senate now will consider repealing or converting COOL to a voluntary claim, allowing meatpackers to decide if consumers can know the origin of beef, pork, fresh seafood and single-ingredient vegetables and nuts.

PCC has advocated and supported COOL at least since 2008 and this appears to be the final stage of the long-running fight for transparency. PCC joined with Food & Water Watch in sending a letter to Senate Committee members, urging them not to be hasty and not to act until the trade dispute with WTO follows due process to completion.

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