Meat-Labeling Legislation Sparks Fear of Retaliation Against US (The Hill)

“Even threat of retaliation on our products starts drying up orders,” said Linda Dempsey, vice president of international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). “At this point, repeal is the only option to alleviate the threat of retaliation.”

Manufactured goods that are likely to get tariffs tacked on to them include pipe, wood and furniture products. With other competing countries happy to step in as suppliers, Dempsey said her members could lose customers for good.

“Exports have been a reason we’ve been able to grow coming out of the recession,” she said. “This year has been slow overall. We really don’t need one more strike against us.”

NAM is instead advocating for the Senate to take up House-passed legislation from Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) that fully repeals the rule. Dempsey said if lawmakers want to develop a new labeling bill after that, they should do so in a manner consistent with WTO trade obligations.

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