Nebraska Farmers Union submits supportive comments on Country of Origin Labeling
Nebraska Farmers Union submitted supportive comments on April 11, the final day for comments to USDA relative to their proposed rule to strengthen Country of Origin Labeling regulations. The USDA proposed changes to the rules for COOL implementation are in response to the World Trade Organization decision on COOL.
In their comments, NeFU stated: “NeFU is in general support of the proposed revised rule relative to the implementation of COOL. If implemented properly, we believe these revisions represent an improvement in the transparency and accuracy of U.S. food labeling. We appreciate the USDA efforts made to respond to the World Trade Organization (WTO) case in a positive way so our nation can continue to implement effective COOL. It is in our national interests to do so.”
“NeFU strongly believes that U.S. food producers deserve the opportunity to differentiate their food products in the marketplace, and that U.S. consumers also deserve the opportunity to know where the food products they purchase for themselves and their family come from. Whether you are a food producer or food consumer, you deserve honesty, accuracy, and transparency in the marketplace, which is exactly what clear and effective labeling represents.”
NeFU pointed out in their comments that their organization has strongly supported Country of Origin Labeling since 1984, and has diligently worked through the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills to get COOL labeling established for 29 years.
“I have had the honor of serving as the president of my organization since 1990,” said NeFU President John Hansen. “I can honestly say that our members support for COOL is stronger today than it was in 1984. While our members support for COOL is high, so is their frustration over the never ending attacks on COOL by the meat packers and their political allies within the ag sector. They seem to believe they are above the law.”
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