SENATORS VOW TO DERAIL BID TO KILL MEAT LABELS

WASHINGTON -- A group of about a dozen GOP and Democratic senators from Midwest meat-producing states vowed last week to derail a House-passed bill delaying the controversial USDA rule requiring meat to be labeled with its country of origin by fall of 2004.Retailers, wholesalers and meat packers are among the businesses that have complained about the costs associated with the compliance of country-of-origin

WASHINGTON -- A group of about a dozen GOP and Democratic senators from Midwest meat-producing states vowed last week to derail a House-passed bill delaying the controversial USDA rule requiring meat to be labeled with its country of origin by fall of 2004.

Retailers, wholesalers and meat packers are among the businesses that have complained about the costs associated with the compliance of country-of-origin labeling, approved last year for meat, produce and seafood.

With the

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