WTO Appellate Body confirms COOL discriminates

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with today’s decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body regarding mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). The Appellate Body confirmed the most important part of the WTO Dispute Panel decision of November 2011 that the U.S. COOL legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock in the U.S. market.

CCA President Martin Unrau said by upholding the part of the panel ruling that confirmed the discriminatory nature of COOL, the Appellate Body’s final decision has provided an important victory for Canadian cattle producers and we are hopeful that the U.S. will amend the COOL legislation to eliminate the discrimination.