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Warkentin welcomes rejection of U.S. meat labelling rule

Canada and Mexico have won their final appeal against the U.S.’s meat labelling rules, a decision Peace River MP Chris Warkentin is applauding.

The ruling by the World Trade Organization found that requiring special labels that identify meat by its country of origin violates the States’ trade obligations. Warkentin calls the measures harmful and discriminatory to producers in the Peace Country and across Canada.

It’s estimated since they were brought in in 2008, the Canadian industry has been hit by more than a billion dollars a year. Warkentin and both the Agriculture and International Trade Minister are calling for the U.S. congress to expedite the changes, or face retaliatory measures.

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