A coalition of Canadian livestock associations, including the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and the Canadian Pork Council are not happy with U.S. lawmakers inclusion of mandatory country-of-origin labeling provision into the 2008 Farm Bill proposals. What's more, they are uniting in an attempt to get it axed altogether.

The coalition is called the Canadian Livestock Producers Against COOL or CliP COOL, and members contend that the law will unduly raise their costs due to tracking and complex labeling requirements. Members are calling COOL a trade barrier and argue that it violates international trade laws and the North American Free-trade Agreement. They contend that a product's country of origin is wherever the meat was processed, and they are calling on the Canadian government to pressure Washington.

"The problem is that access for live animals to U.S. slaughter facilities will be impaired if those facilities don't want to incur the burden of tracking which product satisfies which origin label," says Hugh Lynch-Staunton, CCA president.
Source: CLiP COOL, Meatingplace.com