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House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

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House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a costly backlash from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry. The 300-131 vote Wednesday night was an effort to avoid trade retaliation from America’s neighbors. The World Trade Organization ruled against the law last month, concluding […]

House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a costly backlash from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry.

The 300-131 vote Wednesday night was an effort to avoid trade retaliation from America’s neighbors.

The World Trade Organization ruled against the law last month, concluding the labels that say where animals were born, raised and slaughtered are discriminatory against Canada and Mexico. The two countries are planning to ask the WTO for permission to impose billions of dollars in tariffs on U.S. goods.

The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from – for example, “born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States” or “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.”

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