The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will withdraw a final rule about how animals on organic farms are raised. The implementation of the rule has been delayed several times.
Supporters saw it as a way to certify that organic meat came from humanely raised animals.
The USDA said Friday it’s withdrawing the rule because it exceeds the agency’s authority under the existing Organic Foods Production Act.
The Organic Trade Association’s Nathaniel Lewis says he is dismayed.