Waco, TX (April 22, 2004) – Texas Farmers Union (TFU) President Wes Sims stated today, that T.F.U. and a coalition of 125 other agriculture and consumer groups, “Americans for Country of Origin Labeling (ACOL)”, continue their commitment to see COOL implemented on time for fruits, vegetables, peanuts, red meat and fish. The coalition has sent letters to President Bush and Congress stating their support for COOL legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in the 2002 farm bill.
The coalition letter commended President Bush for his statements at the Twenty-first Century Forum held in Cleveland, Ohio where he stated the best products on any shelf in the world say, “Made in the U.S.A.”. The coalition supports the Presidents statement and mandatory COOL, which will give American consumers the opportunity to differentiate food products on grocery store shelves.
The coalition letter urged the U.S. House of Representatives to support legislation (H.R. 3993) that ensures cool is implemented by September 30, 2004 as originally stated in the 2002 farm bill. This legislation was introduced by Representatives Mary Bono, R-Calif. and Darlene Hooley, D-Ore.
“T.F.U. agrees that the USDA should follow the law as passed by Congress and its intent by requiring country of origin labeling on imported meat from foreign countries,” said Sims. The fiscal year 2005 omnibus appropriations bill included a provision, which delayed the implementation of COOL by two years on all commodities except fish. Therefore we support the Bono-Hooley legislation to reinstate the original deadline for implementation of COOL.
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