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Retailers pressure manufacturers

Grocery retailers and wholesalers are beginning to put pressure on their product suppliers to shoulder the cost of COOL. Retailers say that though they are liable for correct country-of-origin information and could face costly civil penalties, they are at the end of the food chain so far as knowing the origin of products and services.

Product suppliers, many of whom pushed for COOL, see retailers’ actions as a means of undermining support for the law and an attempt to get Congress to change the mandatory program to a voluntary one.

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