The National Farmers Union followed a letter from the Cool Reform Coalition calling the coalition’s calls for amending Country of Origin Labeling ‘scare tactics.’ National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson urged Congress on Friday to ignore the letter sent last week. Johnson calls COOL a law popular with both consumers and family farmers. Johnson said “This letter was organized by groups who have opposed COOL from day one and demonstrates that they understand they have lost the battle over this issue in the public arena.”
The letter and Johnson’s comments come after the World Trade Organization ruled against COOL, citing the law discriminated meats from Canada and Mexico. The U.S. is considering an appeal of the WTO ruling, but USDA secretary Tom Vilsack said the appeal wouldn’t be started until January, as requested by the WTO.