Minister Ritz Leads Delegation to U.S. to Highlight Canadian Position on COOL

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz led a Canadian delegation of provincial agriculture ministers and industry representatives to the annual North American Meat Association (NAMA) Outlook Conference in Chicago, IL, where he reinforced Canada’s position on U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

“COOL continues to hurt industries on both sides of the border, adding unnecessary red tape, delays, and costs to our integrated North American meat industry. U.S. legislators have an opportunity now through the Farm Bill to end the economic harm that COOL is having throughout North America,” said Minister Ritz. “Our government remains committed to pursuing all options available to resolve this dispute, including retaliation.”

This has been excerpted from 4 November 2013 news release by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and is available in its entirety at