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Ritz Convinced Americans Will Repeal COOL

Posted May 22, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Bill Graveland – Canadian Press)

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says it’s time for the United States to come to terms with country-of-origin labelling rules.

The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that the U.S. labelling requirement, known as COOL, violates that country’s trade obligations. It said the labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage and rejected a U.S. appeal following a similar ruling last year.

“The rules have been adjudicated, the U.S. was found offside and now it’s up to them to find the fix that makes us happy,” Ritz said Thursday. “We’re now driving the bus. We’re not under it anymore, so we’ll see at the end of the day.”

A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has already voted to repeal the law, which requires labels that say where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Click here to read more.