WTO opposes COOL policy
The WTO has ruled against the US Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) policy, stating that it violates global trade rules and has harmed agricultural commerce.
The case was brought to the WTO by Canada and Mexico, who argued that COOL worked to the detriment of the meat industry on both sides of the US border.
Under COOL, US processors are required to segregate animals from Canada and Mexico and package and label their meat separately. The Office of the US Trade Representative has 60 days to appeal the ruling.
Scaling back of Brucellosis test
Just 20pc of dairy herds will be tested for Brucellosis in 2012 instead of 50pc at present. The Brucellosis programme is being scaled down since Ireland was declared free of the disease in 2009. The latest changes will take 400,000 animals out of yearly testing which will save farmers €1.2m per annum. However, the IFA expressed its dismay that the regime had not been relaxed further.