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WTO Rules Against United States on Revised Country of Origin Labeling

18 November 2014
In a recently issued decision, a World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance Panel (Panel) ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico in a dispute over the United States' country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements as they apply to cattle and hog muscle cuts. Although it found that the United States has a right to require country of origin labels for meat products, the Panel concluded that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) revised COOL regulations failed to bring the United States into compliance with earlier Panel and Appellate Body findings that the COOL requirements treat Canadian and Mexican livestock less favorably than domestic livestock in violation of WTO rules.
Brian D. Eyink

Brian D. Eyink,

Washington, D.C.

Gary Kushner

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