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John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri May 24, 2013 03:50 PM CDT

We're a fickle bunch when it comes to the WTO, championing its authority and free-trade mission when it serves our purpose, ignoring its rulings and directives when it does not.

Such fair-weather friendship is embarrassingly clear in the wake of Thursday's lame effort by the USDA to "fix" the country-of-origin-labeling law.

Actually, given how the new MCOOL (M for mandatory) regs released call for even greater detail in labeling, thereby increasing the discriminatory costs for Canadian and Mexican livestock producers (i.e., the exact component of the program that the WTO found unacceptable early last summer), "lame" may be too kind ...

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