Ag groups in the U.S., Canada and Mexico that challenged the U.S. mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) regulations in court have dropped their lawsuit, opting instead to see what the World Trade Organization (WTO) decides on the issue.
The World Trade Organization has consistently ruled that U.S. COOL regulations violate international trade law. However, the groups challenging the COOL regs in the courts have lost on three occasions.
Barry Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of the North American Meat Institute, said while the group remains disappointed with the court’s ruling on COOL, it agrees with the WTO assessment that the U.S. rule is out of compliance with its trade obligations to Canada and Mexico. “As Secretary Vilsack has said, a statutory fix is needed to bring the U.S. into compliance to avoid retaliatory tariffs and we’re committed to working with Congress to fix COOL once and for all,” Carpenter says.
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