(The Canadian Press)
The federal government is threatening “retaliatory measures” against the United States in a dispute over meat-labelling rules that Ottawa and the World Trade Organization consider discriminatory.
The U.S. government has announced new regulations on so-called country of origin labelling that would track beef and hogs through the meat processing and distribution systems.
Canada objects to the labelling system on the grounds that it is costly, burdensome and will lead to the “disintegration” of the North American supply chain.
“Canada is extremely disappointed with the regulatory changes put forward by the United States today,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Trade Minister Ed Fast said in a joint release Thursday. Read more here.
• U.S. Revises Meat-Labelling Rules to Satisfy WTO (Globe & Mail)
Date: May 23, 2013