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Vilsack Calls for Stricter Food Labels

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is throwing out food
labeling rules proposed by the Agriculture Department just before
George W. Bush left office.
Consumer groups briefed on the issue say the administration
wants labels for fresh meat and other foods to show more clearly
where an animal or food came from.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has told the consumer groups
he'll ask the meat industry to voluntarily follow stricter
guidelines. If they don't comply, the administration will write new
rules.
Large meatpackers and retailers responsible for the labels say
the changes are burdensome and could lead to higher prices. But
consumer groups and ranchers in northern states, who compete with
the Canadian beef industry, favor them.


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