Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Tim Johnson, D-S.D., applauded the decision by the U.S. Trade Representative to file an appeal with the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law. The Senators see the move as an effort to ensure that the law is implemented as intended.
Enzi and Johnson sent a letter in December 2011 with 17 other Senators asking United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to appeal the decision of the WTO that ruled against the implementation of the U.S. COOL law. The law would require all imported goods to indicate the country in which the product originated and provides consumers with information about where their food comes from.
On November 18, 2011 a WTO Dispute Settlement Panel (DSP) ruled on complaints from Canada and Mexico. While the DSP ruled that the U.S. has the right to require COOL, it ruled that the labeling provides less favorable treatment to imported meat from Canada and Mexico. Johnson and Enzi worked together to write the original COOL law in 2002 and have worked tirelessly over the years to defend the law.
Click here to read the Enzi-Johnson letter that was sent December 2011.