House Committee Votes to Repeal US Meat Labeling Law to Avoid International Trade Dispute
Breaking news: The US House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 today to repeal the “country of origin” labeling law that has recently been a point of contention between the US, Canada, and Mexico. On Monday, the World Trade Organization upheld a complaint filed by Canada and Mexico that US laws requiring that meat be labeled with information about its origins are discriminatory against foreign-produced meats. US Republicans want to repeal the laws, citing the importance of maintaining amicable trade relations with our two neighboring countries, but Democrats and consumer groups like Public Citizen maintain that the labels provide essential information to shoppers. Canadian and Mexican governments are now seeking authorization from the WTO to impose tariffs on US exports to these countries if the US does not repeal the law.
Original articles: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/18/us-usa-meat-idUSKBN0O31G820150518 and http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2015/05/20/house-to-consider-repeal-of-meat-labeling-law
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