National Pork Producers Council Speaks Out on COOL Appeal
The National Pork Producers Council is urging the Obama administration and Congress to resolve the debate over the U.S. Country-of-Origin-Labeling Law. The office of the U.S. trade Representative is appealing a ruling made by the World Trade Organization that COOL provides less favorable treatment to Canadian and Mexican livestock producers. NPPC wants to avoid damaging retaliation from Canada and Mexico against U.S. pork products.
NPPC opposed the country-of-origin-labeling law when it was being considered by Congress because of potential trade implications as well as costs, which, according to NPPC, far outweigh any benefits.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation says Mexico became the second market to import more than one-billion-dollars in U.S. pork in a single year.