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ID NEWS: Move to repeal country-of-origin labeling requirement for red meat sparks outcry

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee is set to vote on a measure to block country-of-origin labeling of hamburger, pork chops and other red meat, otherwise to become mandatory on September 30, 2004. The red meat repeal would not affect other products covered in the bill, including seafood, fresh produce and peanuts.

However, consumer and farm groups are urging House Republicans to stop the push by meat packers and manufacturers to repeal the law, particularly in light of the recent case pf BSE (mad cow disease) discovered in Canada, Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), Falls Church, VA, has been working to assure exemption of foodservice distributors and foodservice distributor cash-and-carries from any country-of-origin requirements.

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