Canada Gets WTO Panel Over US Meat-Labeling Rule

Law360, New York (November 19, 2009, 5:10 PM EST) -- The World Trade Organization has convened a dispute panel to hear Canada's challenge to U.S. regulations that require meat sold in large grocery stores to be labeled with its country of origin, the Canadian government announced Thursday.

The WTO panel will be asked to decide whether the labeling requirements are consistent with the United States' international trade obligations, top officials in Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food said.

The mandatory country-of-origin labeling, or COOL, has imposed unfair and...
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