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NFU Pleased with Court’s Ruling in COOL Injuction Lawsuit

13 September 2013

US - The US District Court for the District of Columbia has denied plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction that, if granted, would have blocked the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) from implementing and enforcing its revised Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations until a lawsuit filed on 8 July is concluded.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement: “The judge’s ruling to deny the injunction on COOL regulations continues to reinforce NFU’s positive position on COOL. We have long supported COOL and the consumer’s desire to know where their food comes from. We are pleased that the packer-producer organizations and foreign interests’ attempts to thwart COOL have been denied. We are committed to defending COOL and will continue to do so throughout this legal process.

“I am thankful for the support of other organizations, our members and others who have supported the US COOL Defense Fund. This undertaking has not been taken lightly and we appreciate those who have helped provide funding to ensure that we are represented in the most effective manner.”

NFU, along with the US Cattlemen's Association, American Sheep Industry Association and the Consumer Federation of America, became intervenors in the lawsuit on 19 August, when the court entered an order granting their motion to intervene in full, permitting the groups to participate in the preliminary injunction hearing as well as the remainder of the litigation.

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