By Manny Paiva
Canada says COOL rules in U-S costing a billion dollars, PED virus still under investigation.
The country of origin labelling rules in the U-S is costing the agriculture industry one billion-dollars a year.
But Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz hopes a resolution will be found soon.
The regulations are hurting Canadian meat exports and have prompted the federal government to threaten retaliation.
But a congressional committee in the U-S is requesting a stop to the labelling rules.
Agriculture officials are deciding whether or not to slaughter a herd of pigs infected with a gastrointestinal virus.
The pigs are on a farm in Middlesex County.
Premier Kathleen Wynne -- who is also Ontario's agriculture minister -- is also assuring consumers there is no danger in eating pork.
Ontario is working closely with the federal food inspection agency and farmers to contain the spread of the virus, which has already killed millions of piglets in the U-S.
And the Grain Farmers of Ontario have a new Director for District 8.
Keith Black of Belgrave was elected as the new director, replacing Larry Lynn of Woodham -- who has been director since 2009.
Black will serve a two year term of the board.