Press release – Judge upholds Country of Origin meat labeling, Sept. 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

Categories: Agriculture, Courts, Food, News, Northern Plains Resource Council

By Northern Plains Resource Council

Today, U.S. District Judge, Ketanji Jackson rejected a preliminary injunction request from the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA), U.S. meatpackers, as well as the Canadian and Mexican beef and pork industries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently wrote new, stricter County of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws for retail packaged meat after the World Trade Organization (WTO) found the old requirements violated trade laws.   The new laws follow WTO guidelines, but the meatpacking industry still is unhappy.  Although the industry sued USDA over the new rules, as of now, a trial will not be granted.

In contrast, ranchers are delighted that Americans will finally have the information available on the packaging to decide what kind of meat they want to buy, where the meat is born, raised, and slaughtered.

Gilles Stockton, a member of Northern Plains Resource Council and rancher in Grass Range, was pleased with the decision.

“It’s nice to see that the judge saw that this was an attempt for the plaintiffs to simply limit their competition.  I hope now that the NCBA and AMI (American Meat Institute) will stop wasting everybody’s time on this futile fight to derail COOL.”

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