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Wednesday 21st August 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

Trade War Looms over US COOL

A major battle appears to be brewing in the World Trade Organization over the US bid to introduce Country of Origin Labelling.

A few weeks ago several major meat industry organisations started legal proceedings in a bid to change the detail of the legislation, which they claim is restricting trade.

The National Farmers’ Union in the US, however, is backing the new interpretation of the regulation, which was issued on 23 May.

However, now the Mexican and the Canadian governments, who at the time the new rules were published expressed their opposition to the wording, has called on the WTO to set up a compliance panel to judge whether the new interpretation of the rules by the US meets the WTO criteria.

The two governments claim that the new regulations are more restrictive and hit cattle and livestock exports from the two countries.

“Canada considers that the United States has failed to bring its COOL measure into conformity with its WTO obligations. We believe that the recent amendments to the COOL measure will further hinder the ability of Canadian cattle and hog producers to freely compete in the US market,” said Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast and Agriculture Secretary Gerry Ritz.

However, the move by the two governments has brought divisions among the agricultural and meat industry organisations in the US and Canada.

The US National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said: "The issues raised by the Canadian government to the WTO are issues between two sovereign countries.

“While Canada has the right to seek a determination on whether the United States’ action is consistent with the US obligations, NFU and our allies have long believed that the revised regulations are, in fact, consistent with WTO obligations.”

However, the provincial government in Manitoba is cheering the Canadian and Mexican governments’ action.

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn said: "The bottom line is that COOL is hurting the agriculture industry in Manitoba and across Canada, and that needs to change.

“The WTO ruled last June that COOL discriminates against exports of Canadian livestock.”

A decision from the WTO is not expected until next year, but if it goes in favour of Canada and Mexico, and the US does not change the regulations, punitive sanctions could be taken against the US.

If the decision goes in favour of the US, there is going to be a bitter taste in the mouths of the Mexican and Canadian agriculture sectors and retaliation might still not be ruled out.

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Aqua Nor 2013: The Growth of Organic Fish Production
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Global Meat Industry News


France Steps Up Action to Help Poultry and Egg Producers
EU Quotas to Impact French Dairy Sector
Action Plan for French Poultry and Egg Sector


Hilton and Woolworths to Build Meat Plant
British Pork Marketed in Australia
Emerging Markets Help Australia’s Lamb Exports
Australian Beef Export Values over A$5 billion
Red Meat Exports to South Asia Rising

   United States

NFU Renews Backing for COOL Regulations
CME: Growth of Pork, Chicken Sectors Dependent on Feed
AFBF President Calls for Action on Farm Bill
Allendale Cold Storage Estimates
HSUS Sues Transport Company over Sow Stall Ad Ban
Chipotle Remains Unmoved on Meat Sourcing Policy
Pondering Zilmax Controversy; Pork Demand, Feed Cost Expectations
CME: Live Cattle Close Down, Monday
USDA Lowers Price Forecast But Lifts Production Outlook
Hog Outlook: No Changes to 2014 Pork Production
CME: Early Lift in Futures Supported by High Beef and Cash Trade
Natural Gas-powered Kenworth Trucks to Move Hogs
Electrified Water Kills Foodborne Pathogens on Beef
Pilgrim’s Pride to Close Rendering Plant
Top Award for Perdue Farms for Being Green
Registration for IPPE 2014 Now Open
CME: How will PEDv Impact Pig Supplies?
Seminar Looks at Poultry Sector Rendering
CME: Futures See Profits But August Down 30 Cents, Thursday
CME: Jury Still Out on Zilmax
Groups Intervene in COOL Lawsuit


Chinese Lamb Imports will Impact Global Supply
Economics Workshop Shows Growth in Chinese Beef Demand
Reduced Volatility Critical for Sheep Meat Sector Viability
US Heading for Trade War with Canada and Mexico?
US-Russia Stalemate in Talks over Ractopamine
Talks over Opening US Market to Chinese Chicken
Hilton Beef Quota to EU Going Unused
Private Label Goes to Asia
Controlling Listeria in Turkey Sausage


Manitoba Backs Federal Action on COOL
Buy Local Programme to Boost Beef Profile


Brazil 99 per cent FMD Free
JBS Revenue Rise from Organic Growth

   United Kingdom

Northern Irish Cow Slaughtering Up 4,5 Per Cent
Pork Supplier to Close Plant
Research Project into Sources of Listeria Launched
LMC: Cattle Prices Remain Pressured as Throughput Lifts
Quality Assured Beef Showcased in Far East
Retailers Moving Away from Shorter Supply Chains
Research to Lower GHG Emissions from Northern Ireland Beef
Securing Future Success of Farming
Shout Prices Still Below Spot Base
Supermarket Backs NFU's Back British Campaign
2 Sisters to Close Poultry Plant
Pig Association Backs Sustainability Charter


Most Chicken in Dutch Stores Factory-farmed


Aqua Nor 2013: How Much Omega 3 is Required in Human/Fish Diets?

   Korea, South

Korea Launches Livestock Health Inspections

   South Africa

Rainbow Chicken Warns of Drop in Profits


Researchers Develop More Accurate Tapeworm Test Kit for Pigs

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Low Quantities Boosting Prices

   New Zealand

Vigil for Chicken Industry Victims


Kazakhstan Boosts Australian Beef Exports to CIS

   Russian Federation

ASF in Pskov and Tambov Regions
Agricultural Bank Finances Dairy Plant in Kaluga


McAdam Food Sues ABP over Horse Meat Allegations


Spanish Poultry Farmers Angry over Retailers Low Prices


Chilean Chicken Recall Expands
Higher Meat Exports Pressure Liveweight Prices


German Farmers Attack Report on Breeding Practices


Ukraine-China Agreement to Boost Fishery Cooperation


Uruguayan Beef Shipments Up


Chinese Food Prices Remain Stable
Tianli Posts Increased Revenue in Q2 of 2013
China: Hog Markets


Chicken Tops Japan Meat Consumption


Brasil Foods Boost to Haitian Poultry Sector


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