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AGRIBUSINESS: Meat Labels Court Ruling Clears USDA Roadblock

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The U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. denied a request for a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit over the country of origin labeling or COOL rule on meat products.

If granted that injunction would have blocked USDA from implementing the final COOL rule until the case wraps up. Supporters of COOL such as the U-S Cattlemen's Association and National Farmers' Union argue that the U-S would have violated its world trade organization obligations of the injunction had been granted, and that now in the interim, consumer confusion over the origin of their meat will be reduced.

Opponents of the COOL rule argue that tracking production steps to monitor countries of origin incurs unnecessary costs and violates WTO obligations.