The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that the World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator today established a firm deadline for the United States (U.S.) to ensure its Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements square with its WTO obligations. The U.S. now has until May 23, 2013 to comply with the Panel and Appellate Body reports adopted by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body this past July, confirming that U.S. COOL legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock in the U.S. market.
CCA President Martin Unrau thanked Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast for their concerted efforts on the COOL file over the years.
“Today’s good news is the direct result of Canada initiating the arbitration process with the WTO in September after efforts to negotiate an implementation date with the U.S. were unsuccessful, and the latest in a series of positive results due to the Ministers’ efforts on a challenging file,” he said.