The World Trade Organization (known as the WTO) just ruled against the United States again. A WTO "dispute panel" of representatives from Pakistan, Portugal and Switzerland decided that U.S. laws requiring Country Of Origin Labeling for our imported seafood and meats violate free trade rules.
U.S. law requires retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of fish, most meats, and some other products. We like it that way. Americans want to know where our foods come from, especially since nearly two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables and 80% of the seafood we eat come from foreign countries where health and sanitary standards are not remotely equivalent to ours. And we have a right to know, despite impudent foreigners who try to deny us that right. In Communist China, fish is raised in waters containing raw sewage disguised with dangerous drugs and chemicals.
Several years ago, China sold us petfood containing melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers, causing hundreds of our dogs and cats to die. Other disturbing incidents in China include the 300,000 babies sickened by milk tainted with melamine, the hundreds of wedding reception guests who were hospitalized after eating pork contaminated with a drug that makes pigs grow faster, the watermelons that exploded because of overuse of a chemical, and the meals cooked in oil dredged from sewers behind restaurants. Our FDA inspects only one percent of imports from China.
It's time for the United States to say goodbye to this impertinent new-world-order bunch of bureaucrats in Geneva who think they can dictate our trade policies. That's unconstitutional anyway because the U.S. Constitution specifically gives Congress the power "to regulate commerce with foreign nations."
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