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Canada monitoring proposed new labelling rules south of the border

The U-S is proposing new voluntary "Product Of USA" Or "Made In The USA" labelling for meat, poultry and egg products. 

Canada will be monitoring the process closely as there's a growing concern that this may be similar to the mandatory Country of Origin Labelling legislation they had on fresh beef, pork and lamb.

Canada and Mexico launched a WTO challenge over m-COOL that resulted in the U.S. removing the labelling requirements for beef and pork.

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada will closely review the proposed amendments and will take part in the U.S. rule-making process to ensure that these changes conform to the U.S.' international trade obligations.

She notes the Canada and United States meat and livestock sectors are highly integrated.

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