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CCA joins coalition lawsuit to block implementation of COOL

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has joined a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U. S. and Canada in filing a lawsuit to block the implementation of the recently amended U. S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation. The complaint is made on the grounds that the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23, 2013 COOL amendment violates the U. S. Constitution and the U. S. Agriculture Marketing Act, and is arbitrary and capricious. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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CCA supports retaliation as next step in COOL dispute

Calgary, AB – Today, in a move fully supported by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), the Government of Canada released a list of U. S. commodities that could be targeted for retaliation in relation to the ongoing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute. The wide-ranging list of potential items targeted for retaliation will soon be published in the Canada Gazette, marking the formal launch of the next phase of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process over the recent U. S. amendment to the COOL regulations. Implemented on May 23, the U. S.

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Review recommendations will further strengthen Canada’s food safety systems

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the Independent Review of XL Foods Inc. Beef Recall 2012 tabled in the House of Commons today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. Canadian cattle producers strongly support the ultimate objective of reducing, and if possible eliminating, E. coli related illness associated with beef. We believe that the independent review contains important recommendations that will further strengthen Canada’s food safety systems. In the time period following the recall, the CCA developed an E.

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U.S. continues to discriminate against cattle imports

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is dismayed that the United States (U. S. ) has failed to comply with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) deadline to bring the U. S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements into compliance with the U. S. ’s international obligations and eliminate the discrimination against imported livestock. The WTO ruled last summer that COOL is in violation of WTO rules because the requirement that meat produced in the U. S. from imported livestock bear a different label from meat produced from U. S.

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CCA Statement on COOL reaction

Calgary, AB – With just days to go before the May 23 deadline set by the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the United States (U. S. ) to amend its mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Martin Unrau met with his Mexican and American counterparts to discuss areas for cooperation. Unrau and Confederacion Nacional de Ganaderos (CNOG) President Oswaldo Chazaro and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President-Elect Bob McCan met in Queretaro, Mexico to discuss areas where the three cattle producer groups can cooperate.

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New measures will further strengthen Canada's food safety system

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) believes the new rules and requirements for beef outlined in the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan will further strengthen Canada’s food safety system. The enhanced controls are intended to reduce the risk of E. coli O157:H7. Announced today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, the Action Plan includes new requirements for industry and government.

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CCA submits request for approval of beef irradiation to Health Canada

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased to announce it has submitted the necessary paperwork requested by Health Canada to restart the process for approval of beef irradiation in Canada. The CCA expects it will take a minimum of a year for irradiation to be approved, following the submission of the documents to Health Canada on Friday. Irradiation is an effective technology already approved for other foods in Canada and used as a normal course of business in 50 countries around the world to improve food safety for consumers. The ability of irradiation to reduce E.

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CCA wants proposed U.S. COOL rule withdrawn

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recommends that the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed rule for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) be withdrawn as it fails to bring the U. S. into compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations. The recommendation is found in the concluding remarks of the CCA comments submitted today in response to the USDA’s proposed regulation published in the Federal Register of March 12, 2013. The CCA recommendation is made in light of USDA’s failure to provide any explanation of how the proposed rule would bring the U. S.

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