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House Approves COOL Repeal

On June 10 the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2393, which repeals country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken, on a vote of 300-131.

The House vote came just a few days after trade and agricultural ministers from Canada and Mexico issued a joint statement confirming that the two countries will seek authorization from the WTO to impose retaliatory measures against the United States. The statement specifies that Canada will request authorization for C$3 billion (about $2.4 billion in U.S. dollars) in retaliatory measures and Mexico will seek authorization for $653 million.

The issue now moves to the U.S. Senate, where outright repeal of COOL requirements is likely to face stronger opposition. The timeline for Senate action is not yet clear.