To some, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) means knowing where your food comes from, to others it means restricted trade.
At a NAFTA meeting in Mexico, Canada’s Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced his country is ready to impose retaliatory tariffs on certain U.S. ag goods after it gets approval from the World Trade Organization.
If it rules in Canada’s favor, that could target beef, pork, cereals, baked goods, and fresh fruit. Ritz urged Mexican Agriculture Secretary Enrique Martinez to publish a retaliatory list of tariffs against the U.S. over COOL as well.
The WTO compliance panel heard Canada’s argument in February and are expected to file a report by June. According to the Canadian Cattleman’s Association the latest stage of the WTO process began in September 2013 when the WTO granted the Government of Canada’s request to establish a compliance panel.