Consumer groups call on Congress to defend country of origin labeling law in Farm Bill from efforts to weaken it
November 13, 2013
Washington, D.C.- Today, the National Consumers League (NCL), along with the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Food & Water Watch and Public Citizen, are calling on the Representatives and Senators responsible for finalizing the Farm Bill to dissuade them from changing the current U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law. The current COOL law, put in place by the 2008 Farm Bill, covers a variety of foods ranging from meat and poultry to fish, vegetables, and many nuts. Advocates argue that country-of-origin labeling is popular among consumers who are interested in knowing from where their foods are coming.
“Country-of-origin Labeling empowers consumers through education and supports American cattlemen and businesses owners,” said Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of NCL. “Repealing or weakening this broadly supported law would be damaging to consumer’s purchasing rights. We, along with our fellow consumer groups, hope members of Congress keep in mind the broad support of this protective law when deliberating the Farm Bill.”
To read the full letter, click here (PDF).
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