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AMI Joined By Seven Other Associations Organizations In Challenging USDA Country-of-Origin Labeling Rule in U.S. District CourtTuesday, July 9, 2013
(American Meat Institute)
The American Meat Institute (AMI) and seven other meat and livestock organizations filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to block implementation of a mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May 2013.
In their complaint, the meat and livestock organizations explained that the final rule violates the United States Constitution by compelling speech in the form of costly and detailed labels on meat products that do not directly advance a government interest. In addition, the organizations explained that the 2013 regulation exceeds the scope of the statutory mandate, because the statute does not permit the kind of detailed and onerous labeling requirements the final rule puts in place, and that the rule is arbitrary and capricious, because it imposes vast burdens on the industry with little to no countervailing benefit.
In addition to AMI, Plaintiffs include the American Association of Meat Processors, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association, and Southwest Meat Association.
In announcing the action, the groups today held a press conference via webinar that was attended by nearly 20 members of the media. A PowerPoint used during the media Webinar may be found here: Audio of the press conference may be found here.share on facebook share on twitter