Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 30, 2015 14:57 ET

Minister Ritz Calls for Outright Repeal of U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (COOL)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 30, 2015) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

"Senators Hoeven and Stabenow's proposal in no way reflects Canada's voluntary labelling regime - any suggestion of this is blatantly false. A voluntary regime as they propose does not require legislation.

"Should the U.S. move forward with their short-sighted proposal, Canada will have no choice but to impose billions of dollars of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.

"By continuing the segregation of and discrimination against Canadian cattle and hogs, Senators Hoeven and Stabenow's proposed measure will continue to harm farmers, ranchers, packers, retailers and consumers. It will cost American families thousands of jobs, and guarantee Canadian retaliation.

"The only way for the U.S. to avoid retaliation is for the U.S. Senate to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and Senator Roberts and put forward legislation that repeals COOL once and for all."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

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