Canadian Beef Farmers Fight US Meat Label Rules

Posted at: 07/26/2013 1:45 PM

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - An organization that represents Canadian beef farmers is seeking an injunction while a court in the U.S. hears its case against country-of-origin meat labeling.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association said Friday that it is part of a coalition that has asked the U.S. District Court in Washington to delay the policy to be implemented in November.

The policy would require labels on meat products sold in the United States to contain detailed information about where the products come from.

The lawsuit claims that the rule would violate the U.S. Agriculture Marketing Act and is arbitrary.

The coalition that filed the injunction argues the policy would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. meat and livestock industry by increasing costs and making it more difficult for U.S. companies to buy Canadian products.

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