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NASDA asks Congress to repeal mandatory COOL

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has asked the Senate to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork.

In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., NASDA President Greg Ibach, the Nebraska agriculture commissioner, wrote, "NASDA believes there is value in a policy that allows for differentiation of products by providing consumers with COOL information within the U.S. retail food supply."

"However, it is imperative that COOL policy be implemented in a manner that ensures the U.S. maintains its obligations under negotiated international trade agreements and avoids retaliatory trade actions against U.S. agricultural products."