U.S., Canadian, and Mexican meat and livestock organizations have asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to grant a preliminary injunction against the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule.  This follows the July 8 lawsuit filed by the organizations to block implementation of COOL. 

The plaintiffs assert that they “are very likely to succeed on the merits and the Final Rule will likely be vacated.  But if it is not enjoined in the meantime, the Final Rule will irreparably harm meat-industry participants.  Plaintiffs are trade organizations that represent regulated entities facing immediate and substantial burdens and costs under the Final Rule.” 

Plaintiffs include the American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Institute, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association, Southwest Meat Association and Mexico’s National Confederation of Livestock Organizations.

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