Repeal of U.S. Country of Origin Labelling Reflects Strong Canada-United States Relations

Statement

December 18, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade,  and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today issued the following statement on the repeal of the United States’ Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork:

“We are very pleased that U.S. President Barack Obama said today he will sign into law a bill that will repeal COOL for beef and pork. The signature would follow votes to repeal the requirements in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate earlier today.

“The decision is a reflection of Canada’s renewed and collaborative approach to our vital relationship with the United States and Mexico. It is a demonstration of our commitment to working closely with our North American partners to advance our shared prosperity.

“The outcome also demonstrates the importance of the World Trade Organization as a dispute settlement body.

“Today’s developments mean that Canada’s beef and pork industries will be able to compete on a level playing field. We look forward to the restoration of full access to the U.S. market for Canada’s beef and pork, benefitting our farmers and our economy.

“Canada will actively monitor to ensure that the incentives to discriminate against Canadian cattle and hogs are quickly removed from the marketplace.”

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