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Ginseng “country of harvest” labeling

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Ginseng marketers are required to disclose the country where the herbal ingredient was harvested or face a fine under a bill introduced by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) May 20. The "Ginseng Harvest Labeling Act of 2004" (S 2452) is intended to protect Wisconsin farmers, who produce 97% of the country's ginseng, from smugglers who attempt to label their foreign products as "Wisconsin grown," Feingold notes in floor comments. The Senator says his incorporation of suggestions from the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin into the bill make it stronger than legislation he previously introduced on the issue (1"The Tan Sheet" Oct. 23, 2000, In Brief)...

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