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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue Apr 2, 2013 01:58 PM CDT

A coalition of 229 groups sent a letter Tuesday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack supporting USDA's proposed modifications to the Country-of-Origin Labeling law.

Some major livestock, meatpacking and agricultural groups have opposed USDA's changes, as have Canadian and Mexican livestock groups that helped bring the World Trade Organization case against the U.S. over the labeling law. The WTO ruled the Country-of-Origin Label discriminated against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico.

Last month, USDA issued proposed rule changes for muscle cuts of meat to require more information on where each of the production steps --- born, raised and slaughtered --- occurred. ...

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