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. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.