WTO Gives US Until May To Change Meat Origin Labeling

Law360, New York (December 4, 2012, 5:06 PM EST) -- The U.S. has until May 23 to bring its country-of-origin labeling into compliance with World Trade Organization rules, an arbitrator said Monday, after a panel determined that labeling requirements discriminated against livestock being imported from Canada and Mexico.

The WTO arbitrator's deadline, which cannot be appealed, is shorter than what the U.S. had requested to bring its country-of-origin labeling, or COOL, system into compliance with international trade rules. In June, the WTO affirmed that COOL provisions gave unfavorable treatment to imported cattle and hogs.

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