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By Tim Leeds 

Ag organizations at odds over meat labeling bill failure


Montana agricultural organizations are at odds over a proposal that failed during the legislative session on an issue that seems simple: letting shoppers know where their beef and pork was raised.

Sen. Al Olszewski, R-Kalispell, and Rep. Bradley Hammett, D-Cascade, each proposed bills requiring Montana grocers to put up placards saying where beef and pork originated, a revival of the country-of-origin labeling idea.

Both bills failed.

A motion to take Hammett’s bill from committee to be debated and voted on on the House floor failed 48-50 with one legislator excused and one absent. Rep...

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