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  • COOL Retaliation & its Impact on the U.S.
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Country of Origin Labeling

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body will soon rule on Canada and Mexico’s case against the U.S. on the mandatory Country of Origin Label (COOL) requirement on muscle cuts of beef and pork.This is the fourth and final decision by the WTO, and in the three previous decisions it has ruled against the U.S. COOL law. If the U.S. loses this case, Canada and Mexico have indicated their intention to retaliate on hundreds of U.S. products, ranging from meat and fruit to jewelry, furniture, ... Read more

  • 10 COOL Things to Know
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Country of Origin Labeling

    In the coming days, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is expected to release its fourth and final decision on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule and announce if the United States has been found compliant with trade standards. Should the U.S. lose this appeal, Congress will need to be ready to avoid retaliation from Canada and Mexico, our top two export markets. Here are 10 things you should know about COOL. 1. COOL is not about food safety or traceability. The U.S. Department of Ag... Read more

  • Agriculture Committee begins full-scale SNAP review
    Posted in Op-Ed on February 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    “SNAP is essential in protecting the most vulnerable citizens during tough times, but we need to have a complete understanding of its mission and purpose.” That was the message from House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway this week as the committee began its top-to-bottom review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps. SNAP is now the largest welfare program in both the number of recipients and the amount of spending, yet the prog... Read more