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Court upholds meat labeling law; consumers will know its origin
Court upholds meat labeling law; consumers will know its origin

A federal law requiring meatpackers and processors to list where livestock was born, raised and slaughtered survived another legal challenge from the meat industry. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the labeling law did not violate free speech in compelling the meat industry to disclose to consumers the origins of their products. The so-called country-of-origin labeling law, or COOL, was introduced late last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a way to strengthen food safety and boost transparency at a time when meat has become a highly globalized business.  Major meatpackers and processors such as Cargill Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc. charged that...

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