Meat-labels law seen in D.C. as a risky business
WASHINGTON -- Under the threat of billions of dollars in trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico, Arkansas' senators and agricultural producers are pushing the U.S. Senate to remove a law requiring that meat be labeled with the country where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
The House approved a bill to repeal the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling law, commonly known as COOL, in a 300-131 vote Wednesday. As of Friday afternoon, the Senate had no public plans for a vote on the measure.
Arkansas' delegation supports repealing the law, saying food from Mexico and Canada is just as safe as products from the United States.