COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN FOES GIRD FOR BATTLE IN '99

WASHINGTON -- Country-of-origin labels died a quiet death when Congress finally passed its $500 billion omnibus spending bill last month. But instead of mourning, food retailers and wholesalers say they are preparing for the issue to rise again next year.For, already, at least food-producer groups, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association here, and the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association,

WASHINGTON -- Country-of-origin labels died a quiet death when Congress finally passed its $500 billion omnibus spending bill last month. But instead of mourning, food retailers and wholesalers say they are preparing for the issue to rise again next year.

For, already, at least food-producer groups, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association here, and the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, Orlando, say they plan to take up the labeling fight again in 1999. Such groups h

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