February 4, 2014


US meat labelling may trigger trade war



A trade war with Canada and Mexico could start as meat and livestock groups upset that Congress opted in the new farm bill not to back off from mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) requirements.


Previous labelling rules required only the country of origin to be noted, such as "Product of US" or "Product of US and Canada." New rules require labels for steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat include clear information about where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.


South Dakota Cattlemen's Association President Cory Eich says that's a lot of information that doesn't really guarantee anything.


Congress' decision not to address the issue has drawn criticism from Canadian officials. They say the country may retaliate by imposing tariffs on American products.

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