Manitoba Backs Federal Action on COOL21 August 2013
CANADA - The provincial government of Manitoba has backed the federal Government of Canada's decision to call for a World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel to be set up over on US country of origin labelling (COOL).
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn said: “I want ministers Ritz and Fast to know that our government supports their efforts and will stand with them as we stand up for our cattle and hog producers.
"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.
The United States had until 23 May to implement regulatory or legislative changes to COOL.
The governments of Canada and Mexico said that the US Department of Agriculture did not make the needed changes to bring COOL into compliance with its WTO obligations.
“In Manitoba's view, these changes will worsen the barriers facing Canadian livestock since COOL regulations were first implemented in 2008,” said Mr Kostyshyn.
As a result, Canada has requested that the original panel review the final COOL measure and determine whether the changes are adequate to bring the U.S. into compliance.
"Our government has fought against COOL from the beginning," said Mr Kostyshyn.
"We will keep fighting until this unfair trade policy is changed."
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