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South Dakota Senate wants Trump to include COOL in USMCA


Associated Press - February 6, 2020

PIERRE, SD - Country of Origin Labeling, known as COOL, has been a hot topic in the livestock industry for years.

The South Dakota State Senate is taking up the issue with a Senate Concurrent Resolution asking that President Trump make COOL part of the United States, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) national trade policy.

District 29 State Senator Gary Cammack of Union Center told the South Dakota Broadcasters Association that the recent US/Mexico/Canada trade agreement did not include agreements concerning country of origin labeling.

Cammack says while USMCA was important, so is Country of Origin Labeling and he and others would like to see the President and trade delegates implement COOL as part of the official policy of the United States.

COOL was removed from US trade agreements in 2015 after the World Trade Organization threatened $1.1 billion in trade duties if the language was not removed.

Cammack says now’s the time to discuss COOL with Mexico and Canada.

A resolution is a non-binding statement expressed by the State Legislature but can generate considerable amount of debate depending upon the topic to be resolved.

 



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