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US Beef and Pork Country-of-Origin Labeling Unfair According to Mexican & Canadian Governments

Admin | 27.05.2013

Mexico’s Agriculture Minister Enrique Martinez issued a statement May 20th that the United States is not respecting a ruling on meat labeling issued by the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Martinez went on to say that the US’s failure to respect the ruling (issued inJune 2012) was unfairly discriminating against both Mexico and Canada’s beef and pork producers.  The Canadian government has issued a threat of retaliatory measures against US imports and is in talks with the Mexican government in

Mexico’s Agriculture Minister Enrique Martinez issued a statement May 20th that the United States is not respecting a ruling on meat labeling issued by the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Martinez went on to say that the US’s failure to respect the ruling (issued inJune 2012) was unfairly discriminating against both Mexico and Canada’s beef and pork producers.  The Canadian government has issued a threat of retaliatory measures against US imports and is in talks with the Mexican government in hopes that they will join them.

When the Appellate Body of the WTO issued the ruling in 2012, it stated that the United State’s country-of-origin labeling rules, more commonly known as COOL, were giving less favorable treatment to beef and pork imported from Mexico and Canada than to US produced meat.  US consumers and some organized farm groups supported the WTO ruling and mandatory labeling because they said consumers deserved the right to have information to distinguish between US and foreign-produced products.

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