Meat producers sue over U.S. labelling laws

Eight American and Canadian meat and livestock groups have filed suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over revised meat-labelling laws.

They called the so-called country-of-origin labelling rules “capricious and arbitrary” and argued the USDA is exceeding its mandate in putting them into effect.

The rules, which took effect May 23, require meat labels to detail where animals used for meat were born, raised and slaughtered.

‘Beef is beef, whether the steer or heifer was born in Montana, Manitoba or Mazatlan’
—lawsuit against USDA
The lawsuit is backed by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council and North American Meat Association, as well as the American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council and Southwest Meat Association.