WTO Panel Backs Canada On US Beef Labeling Rules

Law360, New York (May 26, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT) -- A World Trade Organization panel has come down against U.S. regulations that require meat sold in large grocery stores to be labeled with its country of origin based on a complaint from Canada, a trade group announced Thursday.

The report, which remains confidential until the WTO's dispute settlement body officially releases it later this year, found that country-of-origin labeling requirements under the 2008 Food, Conservation and Energy Act violate international trade agreements, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

The WTO panel concluded that because the...
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