NFU, USCA Will Defend Denial of Preliminary Injunction

The American Meat Institute and other organizations will appeal the denial of their preliminary injunction request in the country of origin labeling lawsuit - National Farmers Union and the U.S. Cattlemen's Association say they are prepared to defend the district court's decision. NFU President Roger Johnson and USCA President Jon Wooster both say the judge issued a very well reasoned opinion Wednesday. NFU, USCA, the American Sheep Industry Association and the Consumer Federation of America intervened at the District Court to protect USDA's modified COOL regulation. Johnson says the American consumer has a right to know where their meat is from. He adds that U.S. livestock producers are proud of what they produce. Johnson and Wooster say the new COOL rule issued by USDA in May significantly improves the information available to consumers by reducing confusion about the origins of meat products - and provides U.S. producers the opportunity to differentiate their product.

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