Mixed Reaction on COOL Repeal Bill
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Thu May 21, 2015 11:21 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Reactions to the House Agriculture Committee's approval Wednesday of a bill to repeal country-of-origin labeling for beef, pork and chicken, ranged from praise to accusations of "a gross overreach of congressional authority."

The bill, H.R. 2393, was written in reaction to a ruling by the World Trade Organization on Monday that the U.S. country-of-origin labeling program for beef and pork violated U.S. trade obligations because it discriminated against Canadian and Mexican producers. Canada and Mexico have threatened to retaliate against U.S. products if the program continues.

One of the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, noted that ...

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