The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has filed an appeal with the World Trade Organization of the Oct. 20 compliance panel ruling against U.S. Country of Origin Labeling regulations. The appeal will argue against the finding that the COOL rules issued by the Agriculture Department violate international trade rules by treating Canadian and Mexican cattle and swine imports differently than domestic products.
The decision to appeal will continue the COOL process in the WTO. A new WTO panel will be formed and a decision is expected by the middle of 2015. Any potential retaliation by Canada and Mexico will be delayed until after the appeal process is concluded.