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Jolley: Consumers Union Is Getting COOL
6/8/2005 8:37:00 AM

Jolley: Consumers Union Is Getting COOL

Did you know Consumers Union has come down hard in favor of COOL? Reading their massively emailed message to their members (reprinted below), it's hard to determine if they're pro-COOL or against reopening the Canadian border to cattle exports. The signature at the bottom of their message is from www.notinmyfood.org, CU's watchdog organization against evils, real and imagined, in our food supply.

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization with an excellent reputation and some serious clout with the general public. Self-promoted as a "comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns," their last minute plea to get behind the restoration of the 2006 effective date for COOL, will add some heavyweight political punching power to the effort.

In 2002, Congress passed a meat labeling law (Country Of Origin Labeling or "COOL"), scheduled to take effect in 2004, but powerful meat processing interests succeeded in delaying the new consumer labeling requirement until 2006. Now, the House Appropriations Committee has approved a further delay until 2007.

Congressman Denny Rehberg of Montana is taking the lead to restore the 2006 effective date for implementation of country-of-origin labeling. Please help him bring good meat labeling to a grocery store near you!

Please urge your member of Congress to support the proposed House floor amendment by Rep. Denny Rehberg and ensure that we will all be able to make informed consumer choices about the food we eat.

The amendment will come up for a vote in the next couple of days, so please act now! And please circulate this to your friends and family so that they too can contact Congress.

Reggie James
A project of Consumers Union
1300 Guadalupe, Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78701
OT, are you going to start raising organic beef as well, as that's what this fearmongering group recommends to consumers? You know everything else is just too risky!! :???:

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