COOL: Mexico Joins Canada in WTO Complaint

by 5m Editor
19 December 2008, at 6:48am

MEXICO - Mexico joined Canada in opposing a new US law on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for fresh beef and pork by filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization on Thursday.

A WTO official said the body received Mexico's official complaint, which starts a 60-day consultation period between Mexican and US authorities. After that, Mexico can ask the WTO to set up an investigative panel. Such trade disputes can result in punitive sanctions, but usually after years of litigation.

According to FoxNews, the WTO official spoke on customary anonymity and copies of the complaint were not immediately available.