MCA Writes In Support Of COOL

US - The Montana Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supporting the proposed rule that requires mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, lamb, pork, perishable agricultural commodities, and peanuts. MCA’s comments were submitted as part of USDA’s formal rulemaking process.
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“We are making progress toward finalizing country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef,” said Kim Baker, MCA Vice President. “Honestly, I do not understand the reason for the delay on this important legislation. Producers want it. Consumers want it. I read a recent Zogby Poll that reported 85 percent of U.S. consumers feel it is important to know where their food comes from, and 94 percent believe consumers have a right to know the country of origin of the foods they purchase.”

Cattle producers have been waiting for this important legislation since Congress added the COOL provision to the 2002 Farm Bill.

“With the safety of imported products being scrutinized by the media lately, the importance of COOL is evident now, more than ever,” continued Baker. “The information that is gathered from these comments will be crucial to our industry.

Source: Prairie Star

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