ABA is calling on Congress to include full repeal of U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules in the omnibus, following today’s World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling.
“Our members are already hearing from customers that retaliatory tariffs will force them to take their business elsewhere. It is imperative that COOL Repeal be included in the omnibus spending package before more than $1 Billion in U.S. trade are lost,” said ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie.
Bakers are threatened with a 100 percent tax on baked goods and ingredients according to the list released by Canada, and fear similar retaliatory action from Mexico.
“Hopefully today’s announcement will push the Senate to heed U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Robert’s (R-KS) call that anything but full repeal of COOL will be crippling to American companies who do business with Canada and Mexico,” added MacKie.
ABA encourages everyone in the baking industry to access its RisetoAction website today and request their senators and representatives to include COOL Repeal in any omnibus spending package.