Judge Refuses to Block Food Product Labels Detailing Country of Origin on Meat
After the World Trade Organization deemed the United States' food product labels for meat violated international trade law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wrote new, stricter rules governing what should go on meat packaging. Meat packers brought the USDA to court, claiming the food label printing requirements would unnecessarily raise production costs, among other criticisms.
This week, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Jackson threw out the injunction, which was led by U.S. meat packers, as well as Canadian and Mexican meat sellers.
New Rule Requires Food Label Printers to Include Birthplace and Slaughter Location
Under the terms of the USDA's newly proposed rules, food product label printers would have to include where the animal was born and raised, as well as where it was slaughtered.
According to Politico, meat packers stated the regulations would force them to commingle animals from different ranchers, costing them millions in new raising techniques and product methods.
Meanwhile, Jackson stated that because so many consumers in the U.S. look to buy American products, the labels would serve as a marketing boost for domestic companies.