The US Faces Trade Sanctions for Failure to Change Meat Labeling Regulations

By Craig Tarasoff

The World Trade Organization has ruled that the US has not brought its meat labeling regulations in compliance with international fair trading rules. This follows a 2012 WTO ruling that the United States’ meat-labeling program, which required retailers to label meats with their countries of origin, unfairly discriminated against Canada and Mexico. The US has missed its deadline to change its regulations to provide equal treatment to meat and pork imported from those two countries. According to Reuters, if the US does not make changes acceptable by the WTO Appellate Board, Mexico and Canada can impose trade sanctions on the US.