U.S. Slapped $228 Million in Tariffs by Mexico; Avian Flu Found in a Wild Duck From Oregon
Mexico has made a pledge to enact $228 million in tariffs on U.S. products following the World Trade Organization opening the door for trade retaliations against U.S. Country-of-Origin meat labeling. Mexico will enact the tariffs on U.S. apples, dairy products, liquor and hygiene products. Canada and Mexico have a set a meeting for December 18th to ask for the go ahead to enact tariffs on U.S. goods. The WTO estimated that the amount of tariffs allowed represents the amount of losses for Canada and Mexico through exports because of the U.S. COOL law.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed that Eurasian H5 avian influenza was found in the genetic material collected from a wild duck in Oregon. The APHIS announcement noted that the sample size in Oregon was too small to determine the exact strain of the virus or whether the bird flu virus was high pathogenic or low pathogenic. APHIS stated that no strains of the high pathogenic avian influenza virus that caused the deaths of 48 million birds last spring and summer have been identified in commercial or backyard poultry flocks since June 17th.