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COOL Repeal Included in Omnibus Appropriations

On December 16th, Congress announced a deal that would fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2016. The omnibus appropriations package includes a number of policy riders including language that would repeal current requirements for mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat and poultry. Earlier this month, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that Mexico and Canada are authorized to retaliate against the United States because the current COOL regulations violate U.S. trade obligations. By repealing the provisions, the U.S. will avoid over $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs that had been authorized by the WTO. A vote on the omnibus bill is expected by the end of the week. The Global Cold Chain Alliance joined with 249 organizations in sending a letter to the United States Senate urging action to repeal mandatory COOL for meat and poultry. A copy of the coalition letter is attached to this post and can also be found on the GCCA Advocacy Portal.