Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Imported Foods Should Be Labeled

Yesterday, we talked about how the majority of the food Americans eat is now imported from other countries, and only a tiny percentage of this food from foreign countries is inspected. Since the 1930s, it has been U.S. law that we give preference to American producers in the awarding of federal contracts, and many states have similar preference policies. This is a popular law because Americans believe U.S. taxpayers' money should be spent on U.S. products made or grown by Americans.

We also have what is called our COOL law. C O O L stands for Country Of Origin Labeling. This law was passed in 2002, and requires country-of-origin labeling on beef, pork, lamb, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and peanuts. A study by Consumer Reports says that 92% of U.S. consumers support this law. However, our busybody non-friends in the World Trade Organization ruled that this law violates free trade and must be repealed. In April, the World Trade Organization and Communist China blasted the U.S. for our non-compliance with WTO decisions.

The globalists and the lobbyists are now lining up to get rid of our COOL law in another way. They have concealed a ban on our "Buy American" provisions of current U.S. law in the so-called free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that the Obama Administration is now negotiating with Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. These so-called free trade agreements are typically negotiated in secretive closed-door sessions, and the American people have not been allowed to read the text. These so-called free-trade agreements always give favors to foreigners while discriminating against American products, American jobs and American consumers.

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