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Ritz Says Canada Ready to Retaliate If U.S. Maintains Labeling

April 09, 2013

Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said his country is ready to take retaliatory measures if the U.S. doesn’t remove country-of-origin labeling provisions on agricultural products.

The World Trade Organization has ruled the provisions, in force since 2009, violate global trade law.

“Our Government will consider all options, including extensive retaliatory measures, should the U.S. not achieve compliance by May 23, 2013, as mandated by the WTO,” Ritz said in a statement today.

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