New U.S. secretary of agriculture says ‘COOL is a settled issue’

TORONTO — If American farm groups, legislators or even fellow members of cabinet come to him recommending that the U.S. reimpose country-of-origin labelling, Sonny Perdue won’t be encouraging them. “I think what I would advise them is to persuade the World Trade Organization to change their mind (first),” the U.S. secretary of agriculture said in […] Read more

Cattle groups fear return of COOL

Cattle producer organizations, throughout North America, are worried that NAFTA renegotiations could provide an opportunity for the United States to re-introduce mandatory Country of Origin Labelling. On May 18, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that President Donald Trump’s administration plans to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA negotiations could begin […] Read more

COOL back from the dead after election

A trade issue that bedevilled Canadian livestock producers for much of a decade may be making a comeback. CNN reported last week that a memo from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team suggests making mandatory country-of-origin labelling a trade focus for the new administration, along with renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. COOL is estimated […] Read more

Canadian cattle group urges trade fight if Trump imposes unfair labels

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Canadian cattle producers will urge Ottawa to retaliate against the United States if the incoming Trump administration imposes a meat labelling program Canada views as discriminatory, restarting a six-year trade battle, an industry group said on Wednesday. U.S. news network CNN reported on Tuesday that a memo drafted by […] Read more

Producers cheer end of COOL

It’s not going to be a COOL winter, and that pleases Canadian cattle and hog producers. The U.S. Congress repealed country-of-origin labelling legislation Dec. 18 as part of a larger omnibus bill, averting a potential trade war in the form of more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs about to be imposed by Canada and […] Read more

Chicken also excluded from COOL repeal

Last week’s repeal of U.S. country-of-origin labelling legislation excluded chicken as well as sheep and lamb. Mike Dungate, executive director of the Chicken Farmers of Canada, said Dec. 22 that chicken’s continued inclusion under COOL is less of an issue because no live chickens are typically shipped to the United States. The National Chicken Council […] Read more

Sheep not included in COOL repeal

Canadian sheep remain subject to U.S. country-of-origin labelling, and lamb producers are not happy about it. U.S. Congress repealed COOL for beef, pork Dec. 18 but not sheep and lamb. “I think the American sheep industry has better lobbying power than we do, maybe. I don’t know,” said Canadian Sheep Federation chair Phil Kolodychuk. “I […] Read more

U.S. Senate inches closer to repealing country-of-origin labelling

Canadian federal trade and agriculture ministers say they are cautiously optimistic that the U.S. Senate will repeal country-of-origin labelling as part of an omnibus appropriations bill now being considered. Speaking from World Trade Organization talks in Nairobi, trade minister Chrystia Freeland said she and other government officials are monitoring U.S. developments on the bill “hour […] Read more

COOL tariff ruling renews calls to repeal law

UPDATED: Dec. 7, 2015 – 1145 CST – The World Trade Organization has granted Canada and Mexico the right to impose more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs against the United States following a seven year dispute over country-of-origin labeling. In a Dec. 7 news release, the WTO arbitration panel set the annual level of […] Read more