R-CALF says Senate resolution on MCOOL not a positive step
The head of RCALF USA says the reintroduction of a resolution by several U.S. Senators for Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef is not a positive step. Bill Bullard tells Brownfield Ag News, “It’s an effort to placate the industry through inaction because it was Congress who repealed Country of Origin Labeling and it is not the U.S. Trade Ambassador or the U.S. Department of Agriculture that can bring it back.”
Bullard says the only way to bring mandatory COOL back without Congress was through the updating of NAFTA into the new USMCA agreement, “And now they’re trying to give the appearance that they’re helping producers when in actuality they’re doing nothing but distracting attention away from the need to implement a comprehensive Country of Origin Labeling bill.”
Bullard’s group is asking Congress and President Trump to put a Mandatory COOL law in place for beef, pork and dairy and has collected 375-thousand signatures. Bullard says RCALF would accept a bill if it were to start with beef because it would open the door for those other products.
^ Interview with Bill Bullard ^