NFU Joins Suit to Support COOL30 July 2013
US - The US National Farmers Union Board of Directors has voted unanimously to intervene in a recently-filed Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) lawsuit seeking block the legislation.
The NFU wants to stop an injunction to vacate and halt the implementation of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) final COOL rule.
NFU President Roger Johnson said: “We strongly support USDA’s final rule because it addresses the issues previously brought forth to the World Trade Organization and preserves the consumer’s right to know where their food comes from.
“NFU is joining with the US Cattlemen’s Association in efforts to defend COOL. We are thankful for USCA getting the process started. We have fought long and hard for the implementation of COOL, and will continue to do so for as long as it takes.
“The packer-producer organizations that have filed the suit against the USDA are continuing to refuse consumers’ right and desire to know where their food comes from.”
The aforementioned suit’s plaintiffs include the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), American Meat Institute (AMI), Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Canadian Pork Council, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association (NAMA), American Association of Meat Processors and Southwest Meat Association.
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