WTO Panel Finds US Tuna Labeling Rules Unfair To Mexico

Law360, New York (May 16, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The World Trade Organization’s appellate body on Wednesday found that U.S. “dolphin-friendly” labeling rules discriminate against tuna products from Mexico, saying the provisions in place on tuna imports were inconsistent with international trade regulations.

The appellate body reversed portions of a September ruling by the organization’s dispute resolution panel, saying that U.S. labeling regulations put Mexico at a competitive disadvantage in the market for tuna products.

“We find, instead, that the US ‘dolphin-safe’ labeling provisions provide ‘less favorable treatment’ to Mexican tuna products than that accorded...
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