August 26, 2014

U.S. loses COOL WTO challenge

The United States has lost its latest attempt to defend the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law, according to individuals familiar with the World Trade Organization final ruling on the case, which was brought by Mexico and Canada.

The two previously won a challenge in the WTO court in 2012 so the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated the labeling requirements in May 2013 in hopes of making the law compliant with international trade rules. In July, the WTO decision was provided to the governments, but will not be made public until it’s translated which could be weeks, possibly months. The Wall Street Journal reported that three sources familiar with the WTO ruling said the final ruling “will be in favor of Canada and Mexico.” Read More

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