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Maura Bennett Beef Labeling Bill Fails
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: February 02, 2018

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A proposed bill to require Colorado retailers to label country of origin on beef sold to the public failed to get enough votes to pass out of the House Ag, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee.

HB 18-1043 sponsored by Rep. Kimmi Lewis was strongly opposed by the Colorado Livestock Association. CLA’s Bill Hammerich says the bill is another regulation that would pass on costs to the cow- calf producer:

The bill would have authorized the department of public health and environment to implement the rules.

Supporters say the bill would have increased consumer choices with additional information and argue that before country origin labeling was repealed by congress beef prices were at an all time high and consumer demand continued to grow.

Representative Lewis introduced a similar measure last year and a call to her office found while there’s no guarantee, she will likely try to pass beef labelling again next year.

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