Bono Introduces Legislation to Restore Country-Of-Origin-Labeling
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswomen Mary Bono (R-CA), along with her colleague Darlene Hooley (D-OR), introduced legislation today to reinstate the mandatory Country-Of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) deadline for fresh produce and meat products. This legislation would repeal the two year delay provision included in the recently passed Conference Report on H.R. 2744, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006.
"It is unacceptable that the health and safety of the American consumer has been placed on hold once again," said Bono. "Consumers have been promised mandatory COOL by Congress, only to have the rug pulled out from under them twice. Congress must move swiftly to repeal this delay, promoting a marketplace with a greater level of consumer confidence that mandatory COOL will provide," 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, 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. Last month, mandatory COOL for fresh produce and meat products was delayed for an additional two years under the Conference Report on H.R. 2744, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006.