Mexico joins Canada in WTO complaint of U.S. COOL rule

December 17, 2008 06:00 PM

Mexico filed a complaint today and joined Canada to oppose the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule, according to news reports.

Mexico's official complaint was filed with the World Trade Organization on Thursday, which starts a 60-day consultation period between Mexican and U.S. authorities. After that, Mexico can ask the WTO to set up an investigative panel.

Canada's government filed its complaint earlier this month, saying it was concerned the U.S. rules were discriminating against Canadian agricultural exporters. Canadian farm groups contend that a number of meat plants in the United States are refusing to accept Canadian livestock.

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