On May 29, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body adopted the fourth and final report that confirms the U.S. COOL requirements for muscle cuts of beef and pork violate U.S. international trade obligations. Canada and Mexico are moving to institute retaliatory tariffs against U.S. exports as soon as possible, including a 100 percent tariff on baked goods and ingredients.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this summer repealing the COOL mandate in order to comply with the WTO ruling. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) has introduced similar language in the U.S. Senate. It is time now for the senate to act before leaving for August Recess.