WTO Appellate Body rules against U.S. Country of Origin Labeling

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has issued a ruling upholding an earlier WTO Panel finding that the United States’ Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) 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 non-compliance 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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