Washington Insider
Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:33 AM CST

WASHINGTON, D.C. (DTN) -- The life and times of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling program has been controversial and difficult since the idea first bubbled up, and hasn't gotten any easier lately. The law requires labels on part of U.S. meat production, and it has a very stringent requirement for products labeled as products of the United States -- 100% U.S. content -- which discriminates against imported feeder livestock and meats, the World Trade Organization has ruled.

Canada and Mexico had charged that the program violated U.S. trade agreements, and the WTO agreed. The dispute settlement panel said ...

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