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Canada Requests $3 Billion Tariff on US Trade Imports

The Canadian government has a beef with the U.S. over the labeling requirements for beef.

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The Canadian government is asking the World Trade Organization to allow it to impose a $3 billion-a-year tariff on U.S. imports.

Canadian officials say their livestock industry is losing roughly $3 billion each year because of food labeling requirements mandated by the U.S. government.

Both Canada and Mexico are fighting the rules, which require producers to list on meat products where the livestock was born, raised and slaughtered.

Supporters say it’s a way for consumers to know where the food they eat comes from.

Critics call it a way to scare off U.S. customers from buying foreign meat.

The WTO ruled the practice is illegal discrimination.

But it’s up to Congress to amend the provision, and U.S. Agriculture officials say they will work with members on Capitol Hill to resolve the issue.   


Quinn Klinefelter, Senior News Editor

Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.

qklinefelter@wdet.org

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