REGINA/OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of
Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes the ruling by the World Trade
Organization (WTO) that the U.S. Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL)
measure is inconsistent with its WTO trade obligations.
"Our farm members, and in particular our cattle and hog producers, are
pleased with this WTO decision," said Virginia Labbie, CFIB's senior
policy analyst for agri-business. "COOL has created a lot of
uncertainty in the industry and has been a top-of-mind concern for our
members for the past several years."
"In fact, when CFIB surveyed its farm members on mandatory
Country-of-Origin Labelling, the majority of our livestock owners said
that COOL would have a negative or very negative impact on their
agri-business," noted Labbie. "The compliance costs and onerous
regulatory burden created by COOL has had a huge impact on our farm
members' bottom line and their ability to compete in the marketplace."
"We commend the federal government for their efforts and strong stand in
this trade dispute," stated Labbie. In a recent survey on business risk
management programs, CFIB's farm members were asked what role
government should play in assisting producers in managing risks. The
feedback was very clear - 74 per cent said governments should address
actions of foreign governments.
"This decision provides a lot of hope for our farm and agri-business
members across the country. We certainly encourage the United States to
work quickly to conform to its WTO obligations," concluded Labbie.
CFIB is the business voice for agriculture, representing 7,200
independently owned and operated agri-businesses in Canada, the
majority of which are primary producers.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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