U.S. to Appeal WTO COOL Ruling


U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it would appeal the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law for cattle and hogs. 

USTR said, “We were disappointed that the panel disagreed with the way the United States designed its COOL requirements with regard to beef and pork.  Accordingly, we are challenging the panel’s report before the WTO Appellate Body.” 

The WTO last year had ruled in favor of Canada’s and Mexico’s case against COOL by finding it violated rules against technical barriers to trade.  COOL was required under the 2008 farm bill.