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Canadian Pork Industry Disappointed as US Appeals WTO Decision on COOL

Posted December 04, 2014

Under International Trade Issues

(The Pig Site)

The Canadian Pork industry is disappointed to learn the United States has decided to appeal a World Trade Organisation panel decision that struck down discriminatory and trade distorting elements of the US Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) legislation as it applies to imported livestock.

“COOL increases costs and creates inefficiencies without improving consumer information,” stated the Canadian Pork Council’s Chair, Jean-Guy Vincent. “An integrated North American market is more competitive and sustainable for all producers in the long run, and allows all of us to be more competitive globally.”

The Canadian Pork Council worked in collaboration with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to provide the analysis to support the government’s efforts to establish that important elements of COOL are not consistent with WTO rules. Read more here.