Tuesday, December 29, 2015

COOL cost more than $5 million for professionals

Fighting the United States Country of Origin Labeling regulations cost Canadian cattle and hog farmers more than $5 million.

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association spent $4 million on lawyers and consultants and related costs over the eight-yea battle.

The Canadian Pork Council spent more than $ 1 million.

The federal government isn’t saying how much it spent.

But hog and cattle farmers took a far greater hit from depressed prices for their livestock.
United States meat packers had to keep the Canadian livestock and meat separate in their processing lines to accurately label the meat.

Those losses were estimated at $3 billion a year.

The politicians finally voted to scrap the legislation after the World Trade Organization ruled the system illegal and granted Canada and Mexico the right to assess tariffs of more than $1 billion on U.S. products.

U.S. President Barack Obama officially ended COOL legislation when he signed the bill the politicians passed.