Alberta resisting U.S. calls to revisit COOL

The spectre of country of origin labelling in the United States has been raised again in connection with the Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade agreement that is yet to be approved by all three parties involved. The Alberta government today said there are reports that some members of the United States House of Representatives want to include mandatory […] Read more

Durum sales to Italy, which had been Canada’s top customer, have slowed to a trickle in the wake of country-of-origin labelling legislation.  |  File photo

Feds talk durum during EU trade mission

A Canadian trade delegation hopes it made some progress in the ongoing durum tiff with Italy. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay led a delegation that met with the Italian grain industry during a trade mission to the European Union. “I raised Canada’s serious concerns about our market conditions in Italy, which are hurting our durum […] Read more

Under the the Italian policy, Canadian durum destined for Italy would need to be segregated and labelled, adding significant costs to processors and end users. | File photo

VIDEO: Cereals Canada urges Canadian trade action against Italy

The top executive with Cereals Canada says it’s time for Ottawa to launch a formal trade challenge against Italy over its treatment of Canadian durum wheat. Cam Dahl, executive director with Cereals Canada, said Ottawa has raised concerns in Europe and Italy regarding an Italian policy that requires country-of-origin labels to be attached to pasta […] Read more


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. | Reuters photo

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

NAFTA negotiations could begin in 90 days, or Aug. 16 at the earliest, now that the notification is official. | File photo

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 is estimated to have cost the livestock industry $1 billion in export losses, and any return to such a policy would be sure to create consternation in Canada. 
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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

Speculation that the incoming U.S. administration would bring back country of origin labels has raised concern in Canada. | File photo

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

The WTO ruled that trade damage to the Canadian red meat industry because of COOL amounted to $1 billion annually, which prompted the U.S. to repeal country of origin labelling for cattle and hogs.   | File photo

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


The repeal of U.S. country-of-origin labelling legislation excluded chicken as well as sheep and lamb, and it is unclear whether Canada is still in a position to retaliate given that they were excluded from the COOL repeal. | File photo

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

Neither the former Conservative government nor the current Liberal one have battled for the sheep industry, Canadian Sheep Federation chair Phil Kolodychuk said.  U.S. Congress repealed COOL for beef, pork and chicken Dec. 18 but not sheep and lamb. | File photo

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