WTO Rules on Dolphin-Safe Tuna Labeling

 

 

WTO rules against ‘dolphin safe’ tuna labels

The Hill, 5/16/12

The World Trade Organization’s appeals court on Tuesday ruled against U.S. “dolphin safe” tuna labels, in a move that will likely enrage U.S. environmental activists. The ruling could be one of the most controversial in years. The tuna/dolphin case in the early 1990s sparked protests against the WTO’s predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

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WTO final ruling in favor of fair access of Mexican tune exports to the United States

Embajada de Mexico, 5/16/12

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body ruled in favor of Mexico and of the environment by finding that the dolphin-safe label contravenes the United States’ WTO obligations.  The ruling recognizes efforts undertaken by Mexico and Mexican fisheries to promote dolphin and marine ecosystem sustainability.

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The summary of key findings in the dispute settlement can be read here, at the WTO’s website.

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