NAFTA ready for WTO challenges over pork: Canada

Thu May 7, 2009 2:09pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The United States, Canada and Mexico are prepared to launch complaints at the World Trade Organization against nations who have slapped export bans on pork from the three NAFTA members, Canada said on Thursday.

The three issued a statement earlier in the day saying they were prepared to take all appropriate measures against the 20 or so countries in question.

Asked if this meant WTO challenges, Canadian Trade Minister Stockwell Day told reporters: "That's right. We're not going to rule anything out and appropriate steps means using the dispute settlement mechanisms that are in place with various countries."

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)