Scrapping of U.S. meat-labeling law receives praise from B.C.’s agriculture sector

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. Cattlemen’s Association says repealing of a controversial U.S. meat-labeling law, known as ‘COOL,’ will have an immediate and beneficial impact on beef and pork producers in the province.

General Manager Kevin Boone argues labeling of Canadian and Mexican beef and pork as foreign products has diminished cross-border exports and cost the industries hundreds of millions of dollars.

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The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress has scrapped the legislation — as one of the provisions in a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, approved late Saturday in the Senate after it cleared the House of Representatives last Thursday.

If and when it gets the promised signature of the President, it will end the threat of another U.S. government shutdown, although it only provides funding through February for the beleaguered Department of Homeland Security.

That’s when the GOP will try to force Mr. Obama to roll bank his highly controversial immigration policy as he continues to try and remove the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S.

Meantime, getting back Mr. Boone, he has been fighting the highly controverisal meat-labelling law since 2008 and he has labelled it nothing more than protectionism.

The Congressional repeal followed threats by both Canada and Mexico to impose punitive tariffs and after the World Trade Organization found the law violated international trade rules.

B.C.’s Agriculture Minister says finally the province’s beef and pork producers will again have fair access to the U.S. market and Norm Letnick adds the province’s food producers will be able build on a 2014 $12.3-billion revenue record and three billion in exports.

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