The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction of USDA’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program.

The request by the meat and livestock industries’ for an injunction would have stopped implementation of the rule. 

The American Meat Institute (AMI) said, “We disagree strongly with the court’s decision and believe that the rule will continue to harm livestock producers and the industry with little benefit to consumers.” 

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is a strong supporter of the COOL program, and they said, “The plaintiffs in this case, who seek to deny U.S. cattle producers the right to label their product and to deny consumers their right to enhanced labeling information, now have the opportunity to ask that their appeal be heard by the full Court of Appeals. If plaintiffs do seek rehearing by the full court, USCA will continue to defend the revised regulations before the Court.”