A.M.I., R-Calf hash out differences on COOL

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — After a somewhat heated letter exchange regarding their positions on mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), the two sides sat down to discuss the matter. The chief executive officers of the American Meat Institute (A.M.I.) and the Rancher’s Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-Calf) met to hash out their views concerning COOL.

The meeting took place following a letter exchange where R-CALF demanded A.M.I. rescind its recommendations to packers on COOL, and the A.M.I. responded that it stood by guidance provided to packers about complying with the regulation.

"We both explained each of our positions in a very cordial and forthright manner," said Bill Bullard, chief executive officer of R-CALF. "No decisions were made, and no agreements were reached — other than that we would continue to represent our respective members on this issue, and at some point, when we are able to identify an area of common interest, we have agreed to meet again."

J. Patrick Boyle, c.e.o. of the A.M.I., responded, "I know that Bill Bullard and I can agree that the meat industry has done a good job in responding to consumer demand for various meat products. It is our hope that we can continue to discuss ways to benefit the industry as a whole."

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