CCA disappointed that PI not granted in COOL case; coalition to seek appeal

Calgary AB - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is disappointed that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia did not grant a preliminary injunction (PI) to block the implementation of the amended U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation.

The CCA and its coalition partners will be seeking an expedited appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn this decision. Unless reversed the district court ruling will allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to proceed to fully implement and enforce the May 23 COOL rule. The coalition’s PI motion argued that if the May 23 rule were to be enforced as USDA plans to do in November, it would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. meat and livestock industry and that the impacts are not in the public interest.

The CCA is part of a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that filed a lawsuit on July 8 seeking to strike down the USDA May 23 revision to the COOL regulation. As part of that lawsuit, on July 22, the coalition filed the PI motion with the Court to block implementation of the COOL regulation prior to the resolution of the lawsuit.

CCA President Martin Unrau viewed today’s ruling as another step in the ongoing battle over COOL. “The CCA has a compelling case and we look forward to the appeal” he said. “The cost of COOL to Canadian producers and industry is unacceptable and we will continue until a viable remedy is reached.”