We the People Win a Round in the Food Labeling War
Hey Americans, we won a tiny round last week in the war to know more about the food we eat via labeling:
In its relatively brief but potentially exceedingly important opinion in American Meat Institute v. United States Dep’t of Agriculture, the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a meat labeling rule requiring increased specificity.
As the court explained, the 2013 rule regarding country of origin newly required the “production step,” so that instead of saying, “Product of the United States,” a label for Category A meat will now read, “Born, Raised, and Slaughtered in the United States.” Similarly, Category B meat might now have to be labeled, “Born in X, Raised and Slaughtered in the United States,” and Category C meat “Born and Raised in X, Slaughtered in the United States.”
The meat producers argued that the new rule exceeded statutory authority and that it violated the First Amendment. They sought a preliminary injunction which the district judge denied.
Again, it’s a tiny victory but hey, it’s nice to get some good news for a change.