U.S. loses battle to Mexico over 'dolphin-safe' tuna spat
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The World Trade Organization says Mexico's tuna industry has been harmed by U.S. "dolphin-safe" labeling rules and the country can seek retaliatory measures worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Tuesday's WTO decision finds that Mexico's economic damages from the labeling rules are $163 million per year.
The Mexican government issued a statement saying it would "immediately ask the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body for authorization to suspend benefits" and also begin an internal process of targeting imports from the United States.
In past decisions, the WTO has held that U.S. "dolphin-safe" labeling improperly interfered with trade.
Mexico's statement said its tuna industry meets "the highest international standards for the protection of dolphins and sustainability."