US - The full US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has heard one outstanding issue in the battle over the measure to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling.
The court sat en banc - or in full - to hear the case between the American Meat Institute and others against the USDA.
While a three-judge panel had affirmed the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction on the implementation of the revised Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations, the panel had noted that one issue might warrant rehearing en banc.
The Court scheduled the hearing as a result.
The parties’ positions before the Court are essentially the same as what was presented to the panel, although additional briefing was sought by the Court on the reach of a certain Supreme Court decision in the First Amendment area.
National Farmers Union (NFU), along with fellow intervenors the US Cattlemen’s Association, American Sheep Industry Association and Consumer Federation of America, has participated at both the district court and at the DC Circuit supporting the US Department of Agriculture’s revised COOL regulation and opposing the preliminary injunction request of the plaintiffs/appellants.
"The revised COOL regulation is an important step in providing consumers improved information on the origin of the meat products they buy, and it reduces consumer confusion," said NFU President Roger Johnson.
"The information required by the regulation to be provided is factual and noncontroversial. I am hopeful that the full Circuit will affirm the panel’s prior decision and continue to deny the preliminary injunction requested by appellants."
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