COOL DEBATE SHIFTS TO USDA FUNDING

WASHINGTON -- A duel is shaping up in Congress over whether to go forward with or delay implementation of controversial country-of-origin labeling for meat, fish, produce and peanuts.Debate over the fate of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is tied up in last-minute wrangling over how to fund the Agriculture Department in the next year. The agency is charged with implementing COOL by next September.The

WASHINGTON -- A duel is shaping up in Congress over whether to go forward with or delay implementation of controversial country-of-origin labeling for meat, fish, produce and peanuts.

Debate over the fate of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is tied up in last-minute wrangling over how to fund the Agriculture Department in the next year. The agency is charged with implementing COOL by next September.

The House and Senate are now in the midst of bridging differences in their Ag

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