Spencer, IA: (Aug 25, 2014) – The U.S. has lost a key round at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over meat labeling, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Canada and Mexico opposed a new U.S. country of origin labeling rule which went into effect in November and required more information on labels about the origin of meat cuts. They took the case to the WTO, saying the rule hurt their competitiveness.
The WTO report, which the three governments have received, is expected to be made public in late September or early October.
Several government and industry officials in Canada and the U.S. said they have been briefed on the WTO panel’s report, but declined to discuss the findings. One said, “We do for a fact know that the ruling, when it is made public, will be in favor of Canada and Mexico.”