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Canada disapproves new meat labeling rules

Canada disapproves new meat labeling rules

Canada is threatening "retaliatory measures" against the United States in a dispute over meat-labeling rules that Ottawa and the World Trade Organization consider discriminatory.
The Canadian government said that new U.S. country of origin labeling regulations announced Thursday that require tracking beef and hogs from livestock through the meat processing and distribution systems are unduly burdensome.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Trade Minister Ed Fast said in a statement that rule means higher costs for ranchers and meat packers, who must handle U.S. and imported livestock separately, and has led to lower U.S. imports of livestock from Canada.
The WTO said last year that the U.S rule, implemented in 2009, discriminated against livestock from Canada and Mexico. Washington had until Thursday to ensure the labeling rule complied with trade obligations.


Updated : 2021-06-14 21:24 GMT+08:00