THE WORLD Trade Organisation's general council has been asked to approve global trading laws stating that fresh, slaughtered and butchered meat would legally be considered a product of the country where livestock is processed, not where it was reared. The recommendation comes from a special WTO rules of origin committee. It is trying to harmonise rules of origin internationally; at present all such regulations are national and can conflict, making trading difficult. The committee chairman recommended a line saying: "The meat, meat products, ...

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