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NAMI Requests Dismissal of COOL Lawsuit

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

NAMI officially requested that the lawsuit challenging the May 2013 USDA country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule be dismissed. NAMI and eight plaintiffs argued the rule violated the First Amendment, but the courts disagreed. In a statement on the dismissal, NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter said, "While we remain disappointed with the court's ruling on country-of-origin labeling (COOL), we agree with the World Trade Organization's assessment that the U.S. rule is out of compliance with its trade obligations to Canada and Mexico. As Secretary Vilsack has said, a statutory fix is needed to bring the U.S. into compliance to avoid retaliatory tariffs and we're committed to working with Congress to fix COOL once and for all."

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