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(Daily News)
December 21, 2015

Canada and Mexico on Monday (Dec. 21) received the green light from the World Trade Organization to retaliate against nearly $1 billion worth of imports from the United States over of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) regime for beef and pork, despite the U.S. repealing the relevant parts of its law in a bill President Obama signed on Dec. 18.


(Short Takes)
December 17, 2015

Canada's trade minister on Wednesday (Dec. 16) said the ongoing World Trade Organization conference in Kenya may delay until next week plans for Canada and Mexico to request trade retaliation rights against the U.S. in the long-running meat labeling dispute.


(Daily News)
December 15, 2015

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said Tuesday (Dec. 15) that legislation to repeal the U.S. law on mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef and pork will likely be included in an omnibus funding package voted on this week, but signaled that it was not a foregone conclusion.


(Daily News)
December 07, 2015

The United States and European Commission are in the beginning stages of consolidating their textual proposals for a chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and are not expected to complete the exercise in time for the next Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) round planned for February 2016, according to an EU official.


(Daily News)
December 03, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week released a long-awaited final rule implementing a stricter inspection regime for catfish mandated under the 2008 farm bill, while at the same establishing an 18 month transition period for catfish exporters like Vietnam to put in place an equivalent system before cutting off market access.


(Daily News)
November 25, 2015

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday (Nov. 23) announced that China has "indicated" it will move expeditiously to review authorization applications for 11 pending agricultural biotechnology traits, but only pledged to continue talks on market access for U.S. beef products. He expressed hope for progress both issues in the next two months.


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