The Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Ed Fast, and the Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz, issued the following statement on the United States Country of Origin Labelling (COOL)…
“Canada is extremely disappointed with the regulatory changes put forward by the United States today with respect to COOL. These changes will not bring the United States into compliance with its WTO obligations. These changes will increase discrimination against Canadian cattle and hogs and increase damages to industry on both sides of the border.
Canada will consider all options at its disposal, including, if necessary, the use of retaliatory measures.
We will continue to stand with Canadian cattle and hog producers against these unfair measures and we will not stop until we succeed.”
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