USDA Defends New Meat Labeling Regulations In DC Circ.
By Alex Lawson
Law360, New York (October 24, 2013, 12:01 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday defended its revamped country-of-origin labeling rules for meat products and told the D.C. Circuit it should reject arguments put forth by industry groups in the U.S., Mexico and Canada that the regulations violate the First Amendment.
In a 52-page brief, the USDA urged the panel to uphold U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Sept. 11 decision denying a bid from the meat groups, led by the American Meat Institute, to halt the government from implementing the labeling regulations. The government said...