An en banc panel of the D.C. Circuit has upheld a new, firmer set of meat-labeling regulations handed down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a decision that appears to expand the right of the government to require certain disclosures by companies in the interest of informing consumers. In a 9-2 decision, the court lined up with an earlier unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel that struck down a challenge to the USDA rules aimed at settling a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico, rejecting assertions from domestic industry groups that the rules compel corporate speech in violation of the First Amendment.
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