Australia Raises Issues with COOL

Australia‘s Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, used a meeting in Washington, D.C. with his counterpart in the Obama Administration, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk, to raise his government’s complaints about a range of agricultural trade issues.

“During the talks I raised Australia’s ongoing concerns about the 2008 US Farm Bill, emphasizing Australia’s continuing interest in gaining better market access for agricultural exports including dairy, horticulture products and sugar,” Mr. Crean said in a statement issued after the two met October 16.

“I also pressed the US on Australia’s concerns about mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, the US Dairy Import Assessment and Dairy Export Subsidies program.”


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