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Most favor effort to enforce COOL [RESULTS]

Progressive Cattleman Editor David Cooper Published on 11 July 2013

071113 poll results 1Respondents in a Progressive Cattleman online poll are on board with the USDA’s efforts to enforce the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws – and by a wide margin.

The online poll asked “What do you think of the USDA’s decision to keep enforcing COOL on Mexican and Canadian cattle?

Almost 69 percent of those responding gave it a thumbs up – voting “It was the right call. The U.S. needs to give consumers the origin information and protect U.S. beef.”

Just over 31 percent said, “This decision will trigger a trade war and penalize U.S. beef packers.”

The USDA on May 23 issued a new order for COOL laws, although few elements in the law were unchanged from the previous version that was rejected by the World Trade Organization in 2012.

Critics of the law, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, say the law will do little to appease WTO’s previous findings, and will lead Canada and Mexico to pass higher tariffs on American trade products.

In the next Progressive Cattleman poll, be sure to weigh in on the new poll asking Farm Bill negotiations in Congress. Should Congress separate food stamp spending from the farm bill appropriations? end mark