Friday, July 26, 2013

U.S. Cattlemen to intervene in COOL suit

The U.S. Cattlemen's Association has announced its intention to intervene in the lawsuit challenging mandatory country-of-origin labeling. The USCA, which sees itself as a bridge between the extreme opposites NCBA and R-CALF, has been a vocal supporter of the labeling law. "The eight plaintiffs in this case seek to remove from us our right to differentiate our product with a USA label," director emeritus Leo McDonnell said. "NCBA and the other plaintiffs argue that 'beef is beef, whether the cattle are raised in Montana, Manitoba or Mazatlan.' Many producer groups, such as USCA, and consumer groups believe that consumers are entitled to the type of information the revised USDA regulations provide. It is important that those who believe this have their voices heard in this litigation."

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