AMI Urges U.S. to Bring COOL Law Into Compliance
(Rick Jordahl – Pork Network)
The American Meat Institute (AMI) said Monday that the U.S. must abide by a ruling from a World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body that upheld an earlier finding by the group that mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) violates U.S. WTO obligations.
On Friday, the WTO affirmed its decision that the U.S. COOL policy is trade-restrictive against Mexico and Canada. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has opposed the legislation since it was formulated saying the law would be an unnecessary burden to trade. Both NPPC and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) fear retaliation from Canada and Mexico which are key export markets for U.S. pork and beef. Read more here.
Date: July 3, 2012