Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House passed the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2393).  

“After numerous failed attempts to make Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) compliant with the World Trade Organization, it has become apparent that full repeal of COOL is not only the right thing to do, it is our only viable option,” said Congressman Rouzer.  “Failure on Congress’ part to quickly bring the United States into compliance with our international obligations will result in significant damage to our national economy given the retaliatory measures Canada and Mexico are prepared to take.”

“It’s also important to note that repeal of COOL will not negatively affect the safety or quality of our food.  Suppliers in foreign countries will still be expected to comply with the same inspection standards as they do now.”