Post 3/12/13:   With reference to our Post of November 18, 2011, students and practitioners of food labeling will want to study the USDA’s response to the WTO Panel’s decision on the consolidated cases WT/DS 384 (Canada) and WT/DS 386 (Mexico).

Our readers will recall that in 2008, Canada and Mexico independently requested consultations with the United States, pursuant to Articles 1 and 4 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU), Article XXII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT 1994), Article 14 of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement), Article 11 of the Agreement of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) and Article 7 of the Agreement on Rules of Origin, with respect to US Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules.

On March 12, 2013 the Proposed Rule, Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling of Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Goat Meat, Wild and Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish, Perishable Agricultural Commodities, Peanuts, Pecans, Ginseng, and Macadamia Nuts was published in the Federal Register.

We Post the complete text of 78 FR 15645 below: