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Red meat packages won’t include product origins after U.S. ends labeling law

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WASHINGTON — It’s now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.

Congress repealed a labeling law last month that required retailers to include the animal’s country of origin on packages of red meat. It’s a major victory for the meat industry, which has fought the law in Congress and the courts since the early 2000s.

Lawmakers say they had no choice but to get rid of the labels after repeated rulings from the World Trade Organization. The WTO recently authorized Canada and Mexico to begin more than $1 billion in economic retaliation against the United States.

Consumer groups say the repeal is a disappointment just as consumers are asking for more information on their food packages.