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AMI Helps Avert Country-of-Origin Labeling Effort for Meat

Friday, October 5, 2001

Despite passage yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives of an amendment mandating country-of-origin labeling for produce, AMI and other groups successfully persuaded House members not to offer a similar amendment for meat. Earlier this year, AMI helped ensure a stunning defeat of country-of-origin labeling for meat when it was proposed during the House Agriculture Committee markup of the farm bill. Senate proponents of such labeling likely will use the Senate's farm bill to advance their cause. Sources indicate that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) will reverse an earlier decision and now try to complete the Senate version of the farm bill before Congress leaves this year. AMI will continue working with other groups to defeat mandatory country- of-origin labeling in any legislative vehicle.

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