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Indiana Farmers Union (INFU) President Jim Benham called the House bill to repeal the popular Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), “premature and reactionary,” noting that there
remains ample opportunity for the administration, Mexico and Canada to negotiate an acceptable path forward. “The best thing Congress could do is to step aside while the WTO process continues,” said Benham. “As has happened with past disputes, WTO members can work together to find a solution that will work for them,”
said Benham.
“In this case, such a solution must involve continuation of a meaningful process step – born, raised and slaughtered – labeling requirement. Unfortunately, opponents of consumer labeling laws have jumped on the opportunity to repeal COOL, when instead they should be spending their time and energy focusing on giving consumers information they want,
which is a label with the origin of their food,” said Benham.
“We need thoughtful leadership, not reactionary legislation,” Benham said. “We urge members to stay off the
bill.”