US COOL Requirements: Implications Of WTO Ruling

Law360, New York (July 24, 2012, 1:01 PM ET) -- The World Trade Organization Appellate Body has issued a ruling upholding an earlier WTO panel finding that the United States’ country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef and pork muscle cuts violate WTO rules because the U.S. COOL scheme discriminates against imported livestock.[1] The Appellate Body upheld the panel’s overall finding of noncompliance with WTO rules, but did so using reasoning that diverged somewhat from the panel’s. Under WTO rules, the United States must now revise its COOL regime to comply with WTO rules.

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