WTO rules against the US in tuna label feud with Mexico, once more
U.S. requirements on “dolphin safe” tuna labelling still discriminate against Mexican-caught tuna, according to a World Trade Organization ruling published Tuesday.
The United States overhauled its requirements for slapping required “dolphin safe” labels on tuna products after the WTO’s dispute settlement body in 2012 found its rules discriminated against Mexican tuna.
But in Tuesday’s ruling, a WTO panel agreed with Mexican charges that the U.S. labeling was still violating trade rules. The panel found that the U.S. rules were being “applied in a manner that constitutes unjustifiable and arbitrary discrimination contrary to” global trade laws.
The main problem, according to the WTO rulings, is that the U.S. measures are not even-handed in the way they address the risks to dolphins from different fishing techniques in different areas of the ocean.