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 labelling.
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," said Ritz.
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
"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."
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