US mandatory labelling to become law
National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), in the US,
expects the proposal for mandatory Country of Origin Labelling to proceed and be
passed into law.
A revised version of the mandatory Country of Origin Labelling legislation
is scheduled to effect in September 2008.
The US is still grasping
the idea of the revised proposal; however Canadian cattle and pork producers are
fearful that the revised proposal could take the stance of a non tariff trade
barrier. Canadian producers are pushing the Canadian government to oppose the
provision on the basis of The North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA and
World Trade Organization agreements.
Kirk Ferrell, NPPC public policy
vice president, has noted that US pork producers are still opposed to the
provision, and adds that it is no longer a matter of whether the legislation
will go forward, but a question of when.
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