Meat industry takes aim at USDA's new labeling laws in court

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The U.S. meat industry is trying to reverse a newly implemented government labeling standard that would tell consumers where animals used in meat products were born, raised and slaughtered.

In a federal appeals court hearing Thursday, lawyers for trade associations representing meat companies like Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. and Hormel Foods Corp. argued that the new rule violates companies' free speech by forcing them to reveal information that will not protect the public, the Star Tribune reports.

The industry also claims country-of-origin labeling, or COOL, will cause irreparable financial damage. According to the Kansas City Star, the new standard prohibits combining cuts of meat from more than one animal in a single package, which ultimately requires the industry to make millions of dollars in changes to its operations.

But the government says consumers have a right to know where the meat they eat comes from.

As of Nov. 23, 2013, retailers and meatpackers must provide the additional information for certain cuts of beef, veal, chicken, pork, lamb and goat sold in supermarkets, the Kansas City Star reported.

"The vast majority of red meats and processed meats that we’re going to see in a grocery store will be from the United States,” Bryon Wiegand, who teaches in the meat science department at the University of Missouri-Columbia, told the newspaper.

The other battle comes from Canada and Mexico -- the U.S.'s biggest beef and pork trading partners. The two countries say the requirement will likely take business away from their beef and hog exporters as American consumers are likely to purchase American products. The two countries have asked the World Trade Organization to investigate.

In the U.S., the federal three-judge appeals panel is not expected to issue a decision for weeks and it's hard to guess which way their leaning, Politico noted.

Next Up

lane-kueng-thao - edit

Trial of 3 ex-officers charged in George Floyd's death delayed to 2022

This comes after the U.S. Department of Justice filed charges against the officers last week.

Target Field

Twins: Target Field to return to 100% capacity from July 5

The Twins are increasing capacity for its May and June games, too.

Bob Kroll

Minneapolis City Council committee votes not to provide Bob Kroll defense in lawsuits

On Wednesday, the Policy and Government Oversight Committee voted to deny Kroll indemnification in four lawsuits he is named in.

internet

Pandemic program gives eligible households $50 off monthly internet bills

The Emergency Broadband Program was passed by Congress as part of a COVID-19 relief package in December.

Twitter -  Jennifer McDermed glitch - FOX 9

FOX 9 meteorologist's glitchy, laugh-filled forecast goes viral, features on Fallon

The FOX 9 meteorologist's clip was shared on 'Jimmy Fallon' and 'GMA.'

police lights

Suspects, possibly armed, flee after gunshots and car crash in Bemidji

Police say they may be armed, and are asking the public for tips.

Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway

Wild blanked by Blues; playoff fate is in Colorado's hands

It comes down to the final day of the regular season.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Vikings fans, U.S. Bank Stadium

Ranking the most difficult games in the Vikings' 2021 schedule

The Vikings have some interesting matchups on their 17-game slate.

Related

Minn. food companies roll out the dough to defeat California labeling law

Golden Valley-based General Mills Inc. has spent more than $1.1 million to convince Californians to vote against Proposition 37 -- a new law that would require food manufacturers to label products containing genetically modified ingredients, the Star Tribune reports.