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 The U.S. Congress repealed country-of-origin labelling legislation Dec. 18 as part of a larger omnibus bill, averting a potential trade war in the form of more than $1 billion in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  U.S. Congress repealed COOL for beef, pork and chicken Dec. 18 but not sheep and lamb.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 U.S. Congress repealed COOL for beef, pork Dec. 18 but not sheep and lamb.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



The U.S. Senate could vote on the bill as early as Friday. | File photo

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

The WTO arbitration panel set the annual level of retaliation at $780 million for Canada and $228 million for Mexico. Canada requested more than $3 billion and Mexico wanted $713 million. | File photo

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



Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz, middle, announces Canada’s latest victory in the U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labelling dispute.
A World Trade Organization compliance panel supports Canada’s position that the revamped COOL legislation continues to discriminate against live imports of Canadian cattle and hogs into the U.S. Ritz is flanked by Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president Dave Solverson, left, and Canadian Pork Council past-chair Jurgen Preugschas, right. The announcement was made at the Beef Research Station in Saskatoon.  | Sean Pratt photo

Canada warns U.S. to repeal COOL or face consequences

Canada is gearing up to retaliate against the United States after its third victory in the ongoing country-of-origin labelling dispute. “We will target everything from California wine to Minnesota mattresses, not to mention the over $2 billion in U.S. beef and pork sales to Canada,” said federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. The World Trade Organization […] Read more

Fewer Canadian trucks have been heading to U.S. feedlots and slaughter plants since the introduction of country-of-origin labelling.  |  File photo

Ritz vows COOL retaliation

Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz took his crusade against U.S. country-of-origin labelling rules to Washington and Mexico City last week, vowing sharp retaliation if they are not changed. He told reporters that he used an April 9 meeting with U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack to argue that proposed amendments to COOL in reaction to a World […] Read more