Washington DC – Today, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) released the following statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2393), which repeals country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken.
“The NFTC is encouraged by the swift action taken by the leaders and members of the House of Representatives to repeal COOL laws following the final ruling at the World Trade Organization (WTO), deeming COOL laws in violation of our international treaties with Canada and Mexico.
“Repealing COOL requirements ensures the United States maintains its commitment to the multilateral trading system set up by the WTO. Compliance with the recent WTO rulings against U.S. COOL laws will ensure retaliatory tariffs are not pursued by Mexico and Canada, and will enforce the legitimacy and effectiveness of the WTO Dispute Resolution Body, which more often than not results in rulings favorable to the United States.
“We urge the Senate to follow the action of the House and repeal COOL as soon as possible, before retaliatory tariffs are enacted by Canada and Mexico.”