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Monday 2nd July 2012.

Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Editorial: World Trade Organisation Rules on US COOL Laws

On Friday, the World Trade Organisation Appellate Body delivered its settlement on the dispute between Canada and Mexico and the US over its Country of Origin Labelling measures.

The WTO body found that the US has been discriminating against Canada and Mexico by putting unnecessary obstacles in the way of trade in pork and beef.

However, the finding also ruled that the COOL regulations are a legitimate tool to inform consumers of the origins of the products they are buying.

The decision has been welcomed by all sides as the US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said: "We are pleased with today's ruling, which affirmed the United States' right to adopt labeling requirements that provide information to American consumers about the meat they buy."

While the Canadian International Trade Parliamentary Secretary Gerald Keddy said: "We are very pleased with today's decision.

"We will continue to engage with our US partners to ensure trade can move more freely and benefit producers and processors on both sides of the border."

The Canadian Pork Council President Jean Guy Vincent said: "The Appellate Body has found that ‘the regulatory distinctions imposed by the COOL measure amount to arbitrary and unjustifiable discrimination against imported livestock, such that they cannot be said to be applied in an even –handed manner’. After all this time and after so much damage to our interests, this is such sweet music to our ears."

While in the US, the National Pork Producers Council said it will urge the US government to comply with a World Trade Organiation decision and will work to promote harmonisation of the North American hog market.

“We believed when it was being debated in Congress that MCOOL would be an unnecessary burden to trade,” said NPPC President R.C. Hunt.

“We have maintained that belief consistently from the outset, and we will be working to achieve US compliance with today’s WTO decision.”

In the UK, a new report into the British pig meat industry calls for an integrated pig meat supply chain.

The report says that at present pig producers and processors struggle to sell their products at a profit and utilise their production capacity.

This discourages productive investment and entrenches the UK pig industry's disadvantage compared to foreign competitors, the report says.

It also encourages a worsening of pay and conditions for the work force, and undermines job security.

The report Bringing Home the Bacon from researchers from the University of Manchester Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change says the system is economically unnecessary because there is a better way, which delivers on broader economic and social objectives.

In Thailand last week, FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) joined forces to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on a global scale, laying out a detailed strategy to bring the devastating livestock disease under control.

The two organisations underlined that only solid commitments from global partners will make the strategy possible, as they opened an international meeting in Bangkok supported by the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

FAO is emphasising the need for collective action to better control FMD where it is a high burden to millions of farmers, pastoralists and commercial operators.

Chris Harris

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CME: Growing Productivity in US Pork Industry
US Swine Economics Report
Organic Compounds Eliminate Disease-causing Pathogens
CME: Corn Balance Sheet Could be Minimal or Negative
July Meetings to Help CAFO Operators Understand New Permit Options
Breeding Herd Up Compared to a Year Ago
NPPC Asks US to Abide by WTO MCOOL Ruling
USDA Reports Show that Focus Remains on Weather
CME: Hogs & Pigs Report Mildly Bullish


Commissioner Calls for Sustainable Agriculture Commitment
No Farmers, No Food, No Future
Ukraine Pork Production Up in May; Spanish Meat Consumption Recovers
EU Signs Trade Agreement with Colombia, Peru
EU-Viet Nam in Free Trade Negotiations
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Sustainability Development Programme for Irish Food
Value of Irish Agriculture Rises
Delay in Processing of Applications for Revised Sow Welfare Scheme Must be Avoided

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Steady Price Levels throughout Europe
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Senate Calls for New Agricultural Body
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Drop in April Pork Export Volume and Value
May Pork Exports Up in Volume and Value

   United Kingdom

Bright Future for Scottish Red Meat Industry
NPA: EU Must Stand Together on Pig Welfare
AHVLA: Gastric Ulcers with Fatal Haemorrhage
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Northern Pig Leaders Awarded
Food Standards Body for Scotland
NFU Turns Spotlight on Supermarket Policies


Pig Prices Rebound After Govt Increases Reserves
China Farm Produce Prices Still Rising
Basic Element to Ship Tons of Pork to Asian Countries


Downward Pressure Expected on Live Hog Prices During Q3 and Q4
Study: Pork Exports Contribute C$9.28 Billion to Economy
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   Russian Federation

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