Cornyn: Burdensome Food Labeling Regulations Harmful to Texas Farmers, Ranchers

In: All News   Posted 05/18/2015

Supports New Legislation Filed by Chairman Conaway to Repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Regulations

WASHINGTON – Following the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) fourth ruling that U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) regulations violate global trade rules, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced his support for House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway’s (TX-11) legislation to repeal the burdensome law.  This latest ruling would allow Canada and Mexico, America’s two largest export markets, to seek authority from WTO to use retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural and manufactured goods.

“The United States has now defended COOL regulations before WTO four separate times, and four times WTO has ruled that they violate global trade rules.  For years Texas farmers, ranchers, meat packers, and food processors have had to comply with these costly and unfair labeling rules.  I put my full support behind Chairman Conaway’s legislation to remove ongoing uncertainty for Texas producers and restore a healthy trade relationship with our North American neighbors.”