OCTOBER 20, 2014 – ARLINGTON, VA – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) issued the following statement from Director of Government Relations Andrew Harig on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) release of its compliance panel report. The dispute with Mexico and Canada concerns the United States’ country-of-origin-labeling law (COOL) specific to meat.

Harig said, “The findings in the WTO’s panel report on meat labeling come as no surprise and mirror many of the concerns that FMI and its partners up and down the supply chain have raised about COOL and the 2013 regulatory revisions.

“The WTO decision makes it clear that there are problems with the law that only Congress can address. Rather than continuing to ‘run out the clock’ on the WTO process, we urge Congress to act as expeditiously as possible to bring the law into compliance with our trade commitments and put an end to the threat of tariffs by Canada and Mexico on U.S. exports.

“FMI stands ready to work with lawmakers to help develop a legislative solution that will put an end to this dispute."