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From: TSS (wt-d6-140.wt.net)
Subject: Re: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPS NOW, MANDATORY COOL IN JEOPARDY TO BE REPLACED WITH VOLUNTARY (THANK GOD FOR THAT 'INCONCLUSIVE')
Date: November 19, 2004 at 1:55 pm PST

In Reply to: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPS NOW, MANDATORY COOL IN JEOPARDY TO BE REPLACED WITH VOLUNTARY posted by TSS on November 17, 2004 at 11:17 am:

Friday, November 19, 2004 Good Afternoon!

Reps Don't Add COOL Provision (11/19/04 15:30)

By Jerry Hagstrom, DTN Political Correspondent

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Congressional leaders appear to have left out of the omnibus an amendment to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling for red meat and other products, which would be replaced by a voluntary program, an aide to Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., told DTN today.

The aide said both Democratic and GOP appropriations staffers said the measure was not put in the bill. The aide also said the USDA announcement Thursday that a cow had twice tested inconclusive for mad cow disease had made members concerned about repealing the mandatory labeling program.

The 2002 farm bill contained a provision requiring country of origin labeling on red meat, seafood, peanuts and fresh fruits and vegetables by Sept. 30, 2004, but Congress has delayed implementation of all but the seafood provision until Sept. 30, 2006. The House Agriculture Committee earlier this year passed a measure that to repeal mandatory labeling and replace it with a voluntary program, but the full House never considered it...
http://www.hpj.com/

thank God for that cow...TSS






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