WASHINGTON — A coalition of consumer organizations sent a
letter to the 2013 Farm Bill Conference Committee members in support of
Country-of-Origin Labeling, urging members of Congress to defend the law and
reject any calls for changes.
As a longtime supporter of COOL, the National Farmers Union
applauded the support of the consumer groups.
“We appreciate the support of our allied organizations named
in the letter,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Consumers have called for the
information provided by COOL for some time and it is our responsibility as an
industry to meet those demands.”
The Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Food
and Water Watch, National Consumers League and Public Citizen signed the letter.
The letter cited survey results released in May by the
Consumer Federation of America that showed that 90 percent of Americans believe
they have the right to know the country of origin of the fresh meat they
A 2008 poll from Consumers Union found that that 95 percent
of U.S. adults agreed that COOL for products should always be available at the
point of purchase.
“It is clear that calls for changes to the COOL law do not
have the interests of our consumers in mind,” Johnson said.
“Changes to or a repeal of the law would do more harm than
good to not only meat and poultry, but so many other industries. This is a
widely-supported law and should remain as adopted by Congress in 2008.”