April 1, 2014 at 01:10pm
ST. PAUL (March 28, 2014) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied plaintiffs’ appeal of a denial of their request for a preliminary injunction. The preliminary injunction would prevent revised Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations from remaining in effect while the plaintiffs’ lawsuit challenging the COOL regulations proceeds.
“People deserve to know where their food comes from. It gives consumers the information they want, and need so they can make an educated decision about the food they are buying and serving their family,” said Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union Vice President. “MFU applauds today's court decision as a very important victory for our family farmers and consumers. This reaffirms the farmers’ right to label the fruits of their labor, and the consumers right to choose.”
Today’s ruling affirms a September 11, 2013, decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that also denied the request for a preliminary injunction. As a result of today’s decision, the revised COOL regulations will remain in place while the case is pending.
Minnesota Farmers Union policy has long supported country of origin labeling (COOL).