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Day Takes COOL Complaint Off Back Burner

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Canada will proceed with a complaint to the World Trade Organization about the U. S. country-of-origin (COOL) meat labelling law, Trade Minister Stockwell Day told reporters in Washington April 27.

“I’ve informed Ambassador (Ron) Kirk that we will move forward with the (WTO) consultation,” Day was reported as saying by Reuters.

The complaint will now move into a 60-day consultation period. “By giving formal notification of a consultation period, it says, ‘We think this is offside and we want the consultation period to begin,’”Day said.

The WTO action had been put on hold in January when Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Ottawa would monitor how the U. S. government applies its final COOL rule.

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