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Newhouse Cosponsors Targeted Repeal of Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling

May 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after cosponsoring  H.R. 2393, a bill to repeal mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken products. House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2393 yesterday. On Monday, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body ruled against the United States’ COOL requirements for meat, finding the U.S. to be non-compliant.

“The World Trade Organization’s ruling against the U.S. subjects American producers and growers—including farms and businesses in Central Washington—to the threat of significant retaliation from Canada and Mexico in the form of damaging tariffs,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I joined Chairman Conaway in supporting H.R. 2393 to respond quickly and repeal non-compliant COOL requirements for beef, pork, and chicken products.”

H.R. 2393 would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to repeal Country of Origin Labeling requirements with respect to beef, pork, and poultry, and for other purposes. The House Agriculture Committee will consider this legislation tomorrow, May 20, during a 10:00 a.m. business meeting.

For the text of the legislation, click here.