FLORAL OPERATORS DECRY COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN BILL

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Retail floral marketers are voicing opposition to a bill in Congress that, they say, could lead to mandatory country-of-origin labels for individual cut flowers.The bill, introduced by Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire in defense of that state's cut-flower industry, would revoke the current labeling exemption granted cut flowers and require country-of-origin labeling.Florists'

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Retail floral marketers are voicing opposition to a bill in Congress that, they say, could lead to mandatory country-of-origin labels for individual cut flowers.

The bill, introduced by Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire in defense of that state's cut-flower industry, would revoke the current labeling exemption granted cut flowers and require country-of-origin labeling.

Florists' groups -- including the Floral Marketing Association, which in large

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