Canada’s Ministers of International Trade and Agriculture have requested the establishment of a World Trade Organization compliance panel on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling. Canadian Pork Council Executive Director Martin Rice says the revamped COOL rule is still not in WTO compliance and so the Canadian government had no choice but to ask for the panel to make a ruling.
Rice says due to the U.S.. COOL law, Canada’s pork and beef have been discriminated against by U.S. meat processors thus causing economic damage to their industries. He says if the panel finds the U.S. is still not in compliance then retaliatory steps by Canada could take place.
Rice says the total cost would be around $ 1 billion.