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February 16, 1999

U.S. offers to label beef to cool dispute with EU

The United States proposed labeling beef exports to the European Union in an effort to end a decade-old EU ban and defuse a potentially explosive trade dispute over hormone-treated beef, a U. S. trade official said yesterday.

Peter Scher, U. S. trade representative special negotiator for agriculture trade, said the proposal marks the first time Washington has been willing to accept the idea of a mandatory country-of-origin label for U.S. beef exports to Europe.

Thae labels would say the beef was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture but would not specifically indicate the beef had been treated with hormones, Scher said.

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