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Ginseng labeling

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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"Country of origin" statement on all products containing the herbal would be required under bill recently introduced by Sen. Feingold (D-Wisc.). Noting the Badger State produces 97% of the ginseng grown in the U.S., Feingold says in his floor comments that smugglers have been switching higher-quality, "lower pesticide and chemical content" product from Wisconsin with cheaper imports. "Chinese ginseng has a retail value of about $5-$6 per pound, while Wisconsin ginseng is valued at roughly $16-$20 per pound," he notes. The bill, S 3005, referred to the Commerce Committee and likely to be taken up next session, stipulates retailers must indicate where their ginseng is grown or face a fine
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