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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Washington state has dismissed a lawsuit to reinstate country-of-origin labeling on beef and pork products from other countries.
U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson of Spokane agreed with ranchers in her Tuesday dismissal that the government’s decision has caused them financial harm.
But she ultimately sided with the government, saying the legal clock had run out for the producers to challenge the underlying 1989 federal law, and that Congress had clearly intended to have the labeling end.
The Spokesman-Review says the U.S. Department of Agriculture halted country-of-origin labeling in 2016.
The lawsuit was filed last year by groups including the Cattle Producers of Washington.