Canadian Government Again Tries to Undermine COOL

The Canadian government yesterday asked the World Trade Organization for a new review of Country-of-Origin Labeling. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the issues raised by the Canadian government to the WTO are issues between two sovereign countries. While Canada has the right to seek a determination on whether the action by the U.S. is consistent with U.S. obligations - Johnson says NFU and its allies have long believed the revised regulations are consistent with those obligations. He says it is important to remember the WTO process is separate from the pending court litigation regarding COOL - brought forward by packers, processors and foreign interests - which challenges USDA's final COOL rule. NFU doesn't believe there is merit in the court litigation and has intervened to defend the regulations - which Johnson says are supported by producers and consumers.

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