Push for COOL heats up
Western Livestock Journal
The debate over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) may have declined among some segments of the industry, however, in Congress, the push to include language from the House version of the 2007 Farm Bill is ongoing. Last week, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-SD, forwarded a letter, signed by 30 other senators, to Agriculture Committee Chair Tom Harkin, D-IA, calling for the House version of COOL to be included in the Senate’s bill before it passes out of committee, a step Harkin said last week he will attempt before Oct. 8.
Johnson and his colleagues are pushing for the language to be included in the bill so that it can be implemented by the September 2008 deadline, saying that USDA has failed to act upon under current law.