November 29, 2018
The Animal Welfare Institute has sued USDA in federal court, asking the judge to require 3rd-party audits for certain labeling claims regarding how animals are raised. The lawsuit is in response to a petition filed by AWI to USDA in 2014 about the same issue. AWI’s petition asked the USDA to require third-party audits for holistic claims like “humane” and “sustainable.”
USDA issued guidance on the topic in 2016, but this did not satisfy AWI.
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