Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Canada Wins COOL Appeal

By Manny Paiva

Canada and Mexico have won final appeal of U-S COOL rules at the World Trade Organization.

Length: 1:12

Canada and Mexico have won a final appeal of U-S country-of-origin meat-labelling rules at the World Trade Organization.

The Canadian government says it will now prepare an application to the W-T-O for punitive measures.

Failure to change the labelling requirement could lead to tariffs on a wide range of American products including wine, chocolate, cereal and frozen orange juice.

Some U-S lawmakers have already signalled plans to move swiftly -- they're proposing legislation to rescind the labelling rules.


The Canadian Cattlemen's Association celebrated the World Trade Organization decision on Monday against U-S meat-labelling rules.

President Dave Solverson called the ruling an "historic day for Canada's cattle industry.''

The measure was blamed for a drastic decline in meat exports from other North American countries, that repeatedly threatened to retaliate if successful at the W-T-O.

The National Farmers Union said there was still time to negotiate a solution with Canada and Mexico that would allow labelling throughout North America.


A Huron County farmer has been fined under the Food Safety and Quality Act.

Last August, Gerald Kemerink shipped a cull cow to the Ontario Livestock Exchange for sale.

A veterinary inspector determined the cow was a fallen animal and had to be euthanized.

Under provincial law, Kemerink was responsible for promptly killing or arranging to have the downed animal killed in a humane manner, rather than shipping it out to market.

The Kippen-area farmer pled guilty to the charge in court in Goderich and was fined 15 hundred dollars.


The C-E-O of CropLife Canada says a new study shows Ontario farmers will not be the only ones who will be impacted by a ban on neonicotinoid insecticides on corn and soybean crops.

Ted Menzies says the study by RIAS Incorporated shows the proposed restrictions on neonics will cost Ontarians more than 660 million dollars annually and do absolutely nothing to help bees.

Opponents of neonics say they have been linked to the deaths of bees and pose a general environmental risk.

Menzies says agriculture is the number two contributor to Ontario's G-D-P -- and reducing corn and soybean yields will impact many other sectors of the economy.


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