Additional Brief Filed in COOL Case
April 25, 2014

Plaintiffs representing meat-industry interests in a legal battle over country of origin labeling (COOL) filed a supplemental brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The federal appeals court overturned an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel denying an injunction against the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) COOL rule. The full 12-judge panel will rehear the case on May 19.

The case hinges on the question of whether labels on meat packaging must provide additional information about the animal's travel history. Industry groups have argued that COOL imposes "vast burdens" on the meat industry and that the final COOL rule violates the Constitution's free-speech protections and exceeds USDA's authority under the Agricultural Marketing Act.

The policy of the American Sheep Industry Association supports the continued use of COOL.