Canada disappointed with COOL rule
It has been reported that Canada is disappointed in the
USDA's rule regarding the implementation of the mandatory country-of-origin
According to Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz,
the Canadian government is concerned that the US COOL legislation may
discriminate against Canadian products. "We will analyse the recently-released
rule to determine the economic impacts on integrated North American markets,"
In June, Congress passed the 2008 US Farm Bill requiring the
mandatory COOL rule for beef, lamb, pork, chicken and goat meat to be
implemented by 30 September. Ritz says trade between the US and Canada, which
has tripled since the passage of free trade agreements, could hinder future
trade of some commodities.
"The government of Canada will continue to
work with industry and the provinces and territories to minimise any impact on
Canadian farmers and ranchers," said Ritz. "Should the implementation of the
rule result in undue restrictions on the exportation of any products or animal
from Canada, the government will have to consider its options."Subscribe here
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