There was no immediate call to repeal the law from U.S. produce groups.
“PMA recognizes there are alternative views regarding country of origin labeling. Right now, we are reviewing the WTO ruling with a keen eye on what it truly means to the produce industry,” said Glenn Boyet, senior director of public relations for the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association.
Although the panel disagreed with the how the U.S. implemented the law, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the WTO dispute panel affirmed the right to require country of origin labeling on meat products.
“We remain committed to providing consumers with accurate and relevant information with respect to the origin of meat products that they buy at the retail level,” Andrea Mead, press secretary for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a statement. “In that regard we are considering all options, including appealing the panel’s decision.”
The USTR said the next step in the process is for the reports to be adopted by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body or appealed to the WTO Appellate Body.