U.S. court rejects American group’s COOL challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A U.S. appeals court has rejected a food industry challenge to a federal regulation that specifies labelling requirements for certain meat products.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said March 28 that the 2013 regulation, which concerns country-of-origin details for muscle cuts of meat, can be enforced.

The American Meat Institute and related trade associations had asked for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the rule from taking effect.

The rule requires retailers to list country of origin, when and where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. It strengthened the previous 2009 regulation.

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