Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s development that the omnibus appropriations bill filed in the U.S. Congress includes language for the repeal of U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef and pork. While this is an encouraging sign, there is much work to do before the omnibus bill becomes law. The CCA will continue to work with its U.S. allies over the coming days as Congressmen and Senators consider this legislation to advocate that we expect nothing less than full repeal of COOL to avoid imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products. We encourage the House and the Senate to pass the bill with the COOL repeal intact as soon as possible. Canada will be in a position to impose retaliatory tariffs on Friday December 18 and we hope that awareness of this fact in Washington will be useful to avoid retaliatory action becoming necessary.
The CCA also fully supports Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, for their comments today regarding Canada’s intention to retaliate should the U.S. effort to repeal COOL for beef and pork fail.