Statement by NCFC President Chuck Conner on the WTO Ruling on Country of Origin Labeling

Washington, DC (May 18, 2015)—“With the World Trade Organization’s final ruling on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)for muscle cuts of beef and pork today, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives calls on Congress to take swift action to repeal the COOL provisions found to violate our international trade obligations.

“The WTO’s ruling should come as no surprise—indeed, the international body has already ruled against the U.S. three times in this case. The U.S. has taken the process as far as it can go and it is now time to bring this country into compliance with the ruling.

“Without action, two of this country’s largest export markets—Canada and Mexico—will undoubtedly move quickly to impose billions of dollars in tariffs on U.S. food, agricultural products and manufactured goods in retaliation. Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in American exports, including from farmer-owned co-ops across the country, will be at risk unless Congress acts now.”

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