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Legislation for Dairy COOL Draws Praise

06 October 2008

US - National Farmers Union today commended legislation offered by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., that would expand mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) to include dairy products.

“COOL enables domestic agricultural producers to distinguish their high quality products from imported food items. Moreover, it provides American consumers with clear and truthful information about where their food comes from,” US National Farmers Union President Tom Buis said.

Mandatory COOL for meat products, fruits and vegetables and nuts was finally implemented this week following years of delay. Buis said that as both consumer and producer demand for COOL increases it makes sense to expand COOL to other products. Both consumers and producers have consistently supported the measure.

NFU has been a steadfast supporter of COOL, playing a key role in its inclusion in the 2008 Farm Bill and continue to work to ensure the department of agriculture implements COOL as Congress intended.

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