Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Repeals Meat Labeling Law after Trade Rulings against It

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Repeals Meat Labeling Law after Trade Rulings against It

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WASHINGTON * It's now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.

After more than a decade of wrangling, Congress repealed last month a labeling law that required retailers to include the animal's country of origin on packages of red meat. It's a victory for the meat industry, which had fought the law in Congress and the courts since the early 2000s.

Lawmakers said they had to drop the labels after the World Trade Organization repeatedly ruled against them.

The WTO recently authorized Canada and Mexico, which had challenged the law, to begin more than $1 billion in economic retaliation against the United States.

"U.S. exporters can now breathe a sigh of relief," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. …

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