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.-born livestock causes segregation, with additional handling costs inflicted disproportionately on imported livestock. This discrimination is costing Canadian cattle producers approximately $25 to $40 per head totaling around $640 million per year. These losses have been incurred since COOL was implemented in late 2008 and continue to this day.