It's a long shot, but food industry leaders continue to hold out hope that a voluntary country-of-origin labeling program could replace the mandatory one. As the Sept. 30 implementation date for the mandatory labeling program draws closer, a bill that would effectively replace it with a voluntary one is winding its way through Congress. Included in the Food Promotion Act of 2004 is a provision that would give retailers and their suppliers a chance to hammer out a voluntary program for not ...

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