Canada calls on US to comply with meat labelling ruling by May

Canada calls on US to comply with meat labelling ruling by May

According to latest reports from Reuters the Canadian government has said the United States must bring its country-of-origin labelling rules into compliance with an earlier World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling by 23rd May 2013.

Earlier this year the WTO found America’s COOL (country of origin labelling) programme to be discriminatory against both Canada and Mexico. In a joint statement Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said: “We expect that the US will bring itself into compliance with its WTO obligations by May 2013 as determined by the arbitrator for the benefit of producers on both sides of the border. We are particularly pleased that the arbitrator determined a reasonable period of time close to that proposed by Canada and Mexico, as opposed to the much longer period suggested by the United States.”

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