A coalition of meat industry groups from across North America asked a U.S. federal court Friday to block new labeling regulations seen as threatening “irreparable harm” to businesses and severe economic damage to the broader economy.
Nine meat processing and packing trade groups from the United States, Canada and Mexico filed the request for a preliminary injunction stopping the new country-of-origin labeling (COOL) standards from taking effect. The industry groups argue the injunction is warranted because they are likely ultimately to prevail in a lawsuit challenging the Agriculture Department rule.
“But if it is not enjoined in the meantime, the Final Rule will irreparably harm meat-industry participants,” the groups contend in the 55-page motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. “Plaintiffs are trade organizations that represent regulated entities facing immediate and substantial burdens and costs under the Final Rule.”