The coalition, which includes the American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Institute, CCA, Canadian Pork Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association, Southwest Meat Association and Mexico’s National Confederation of Livestock Organizations, filed a motion with the US district court of Columbia yesterday to block implementation of COOL regulations pending an outcome of a lawsuit filed on 8 July.
The lawsuit claimed that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s 23 May amendments to COOL violated the US Constitution and US Agriculture Marketing Act. It called for changes to the legislation to bring the US into compliance with its international trade obligations.
The preliminary injunction argued that if the 23 May rules were to be enforced, it would cause irreparable damage to the US and Canadian meat industry. The coalition said it expected the motion to be considered “within weeks” and was confident it would be successful.
Martin Unrau, president of coalition member the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), said: “The CCA along with these groups and through other actions will continue to turn up the heat on USDA to get the COOL dispute resolved.
“While this lawsuit and preliminary injunction have the potential to bring down COOL, ultimately, we would be satisfied if the US Congress would pass an amendment to the m-COOL legislation to eliminate the discrimination on imported livestock and meat.”