Bono Votes Against Country-of-Origin Labeling Delay
Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) voted today in opposition of legislation that would delay mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for another two years. Included in the Conference Report on H.R. 2744, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006, mandatory labeling on produce and meat suffers another delay until 2008.
"It is unfortunate that once again the health and safety of the American consumer has been placed on hold," said Bono. "It is illogical that behind the scenes political maneuvering can bring a two year delay on COOL through an appropriations bill that only encompasses one Fiscal Year. What is logical however is that American consumers be given as much information as possible when making important choices on what foods we buy. Consumers deserve nothing less than the immediate implementation of mandatory COOL," added Bono.
Congresswoman Bono has been a leader in the fight for mandatory country-of-origin-labeling since being elected to Congress. Based on Congresswoman Bono's amendment to the Farm Bill of 2002 that specifically required labeling on fresh produce, the final version of the bill required that retailers, starting September 30, 2004, provide country-of-origin-labeling at the final point of sale on fresh fruits and vegetables, red meats, fish, and peanuts. However, the conference report on the omnibus FY2004 appropriations bill delayed the effective date of implementation for mandatory country-of-origin-labeling for 2 years. In the 109th Congress, Congresswomen Mary Bono (R-CA) and Darlene Hooley (D-OR) introduced legislation to reinstate the mandatory county-of-origin labeling deadline for fresh produce and meat products.