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Wednesday 20th May 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


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Lessons Learned from Country of Origin Labelling Dispute

This week the World Trade Organization threw out the US appeal against its ruling over mandatory country of origin labelling.

The long-running dispute concerned the extra burden of record keeping imposed on exporters of meat and livestock to the US, which Canada and Mexico, who were leading the fight against the regulation, said gave the US an unfair advantage in the market.

The WTO had already ruled that the US was placing too much of a burden on exporting countries but the US has argued that changes it had made to the rules had made them fairer.

However, this week the Appellate Body of the WTO rejected the US arguments against the panel's findings and said that the panel's conclusions that the amended COOL measure increased the record-keeping burden for imported livestock.

The Appellate Body rejected US arguments that the panel's conclusions were based on “incorrect hypothetical” scenarios that were not based on actual, or the most common, trade situations.

The Canadian meat and livestock sectors are celebrating the victory, as are some sections of the US industry, who were concerned about the damage the regulations might do to the cross border trade with Canada and Mexico.

However, now all parties are waiting to see how the US will react to the ruling and whether further amendments will be made.

There are also concerns that the US could now be subject to punitive retaliatory sanctions from Canada and Mexico.

The implications of the ruling by the WTO will also have ramifications around the world for other countries and blocs that want to implement compulsory country of origin labelling.

The lessons learned are that it must not be a restrictive measure and must not be trade distorting.



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Global Meat Industry News

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WTO Rules Against US over Country of Origin Labelling
Korea-Denmark Joint Venture to Promote Organic Food

   Canada

Manitoba Celebrates WTO Ruling on US COOL
Manitoba Pork Hopeful US Will Avoid Retaliatory Tariffs
Meat Council Supports Canadian Trade Agreement
Adequate Nutrition Saves on Health Care Costs

   United States

COOL Pork Retaliatory Impacts Depend on Tariffs
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Exports Key Driver of Summer Livestock Markets
US Shows Progress in Reducing Some Foodborne Infections
Help for Organic Farming Certification
Hog Futures Improve
Beef Supplies Down Pork Supplies Up
OK Foods Taken to Labour Board over Dismissals
House of Brands for Tyson Foods
Smithfield Named Top Performer in Meat Industry Water Management

   United Kingdom

Meat Conference to Explore New Export Opportunities
Northern Ireland Looks to Grow Exports
Cranswick Hits £1 billion in Revenue
Rise in UK Pork Imports
Third of People at Risk from Campylobacter Food Poisoning
Welsh Dairy Farmers Raise Competition Concerns with Supermarkets
Scottish Poultry Processing Plant Closure Announced
Food Safety Prosecutions Applauded
CCTV as Welfare Check in New BMPA Pork Quality Scheme
Award for 2 Sisters for Time and Attendance System
Dunbia Butcher Wins National Award
Free UK Meat Event to Discuss Supply Chain Improvements
Moy Park Soars to 5 million Chickens per Week

   Russian Federation

Russian Aquaculture Reports Rising Loss
Unsafe Pork Blocked from Entering Ukraine

   Ireland

Sustainability Award for ABP Cahir

   Australia

Australian Goat Slaughter Continues to Rise
Australian Mutton Slaughter Continues to Slow in March
Western Australian Beef Exports Grow

   European Union

Commission to Conduct Survey on Animal Welfare
EU Announces New Scientific Advice Body
New Markets for EU Beef Crucial
First Steps in CAP Simplification Announced

   India

Can Pork Consumption Fix India’s Cheap Protein Link?
ICAR Inaugurates Meat Processing Plant in Hyderabad

   Saint Lucia

New Meat Processing Complex for St Lucia

   Germany

Combatting Global Rise in Antibiotic Resistance
Strong Take-up for German Welfare Scheme

   France

French Agriculture Minister Steps up Support for Beef Sector

   China

China-Brazil Strengthen Agricultural Relations

   Jordan

Harmonising Food Safety Outside EU

   Norway

Norway Reports Decline in Salmon Export Price
Lerøy Seafood Group Sees Drop in Profit

   Finland

HKScan Reduces Losses

   Brazil

JBS Sees Sharp Rise in Profits

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