Nine U.S. and Canadian meat groups appealing the decision that denied their injunction request in the Country of Origin Labeling Case have filed their court brief. National Cattlemen Beef Association’s Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says he’s optimistic about he and his fellow plaintiffs being able to obtain the injunction sought in the appeal.
Woodall says the type of labeling program that would work better is a voluntary one that brings benefits to both producers and consumers.
He says the present government run COOL has not provided value to either consumers or producers. He also says that the appeal needs to be granted and the present rewritten COOL thrown out because if it isn’t, our trading partners will retaliate which will be costly.
Both Canadian and Mexican officials have complained that the COOL rewrite is not within WTO rules and if it’s not changed they will take action against the United States.