Groups May Intervene in COOL Litigation
August 23, 2013
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order Aug. 20 granting a motion by several organizations to intervene in a pending country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) lawsuit. The lawsuit filed July 8 seeks to block implementation of a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s mandatory meat labeling rule.
The motion was granted to the United States Cattlemen’s Association, National Farmers Union, the American Sheep Industry Association and Consumer Federation of America.
In related COOL news, Canada this week asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to take another look at the U.S. rules for its COOL, seeking to defend its livestock farmers who have lost sales to U.S. packers.
Canada is requesting that the WTO form a compliance panel to review COOL rules, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast said on Monday.
The WTO ruled last year that the U.S. labeling rules were not in compliance with WTO obligations and ordered changes by May 23. The United States changed its labeling program, but Canada and Mexico have said the changes made the situation worse.