CCA calls for action against mCOOL

Calgary – The Canadian Cattlemens’ Association met with Government of Canada officials today to discuss new voluntary guidelines suggested by United States (U.S.) Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, in conjunction with the final rule implementing U.S. mandatory Country-of-Origin Labelling (mCOOL), which takes effect March 16, 2009. If adopted, these substantive changes will further disrupt cattle and beef trade between Canada and the U.S. CCA is calling for the Canadian government to undertake all available actions, including an early resumption of a World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge against these U.S. trade-restrictive actions.