Canada Wants WTO Panel Over US Meat-Labeling Rule

Law360, New York (October 7, 2009, 4:40 PM EDT) -- The Canadian government announced Wednesday that it had launched a World Trade Organization dispute settlement process over U.S. regulations that require meat sold in large grocery stores to be labeled with its country of origin.

This mandatory country-of-origin labeling, or COOL, has imposed unfair and unnecessary costs on integrated North American supply chains, has reduced competitiveness in both Canada and the United States, and has created confusion and uncertainty for the livestock industry, Canada alleged.

For example, U.S. processors now have to segregate Canadian animals and...
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