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May 26, 2015

U.S. Producers Fear Retaliation Over Labeling Law

California ranchers and their Capitol Hill allies are scrambling to peel away a country-of-origin labeling law they fear will hurt the state. Facing potentially punishing tariffs on U.S. wine, apples, cherries and more, after a World Trade Organization ruling against the United States’ labeling requirements for beef and pork, the Californians are mobilizing. They face, though, Midwestern resistance as well as a history of past failures to undo the label requirements. “This is no longer about labeling,” said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. “This is to ensure we aren’t dealt a devastating impact to our agricultural economy through tariff retaliation.”  Read More

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