Australian Palm Oil Labeling Bill Hits New Roadblock

Law360, New York (September 19, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT) -- A key Australian parliamentary committee urged Monday against a proposal meant to combat deforestation by creating a labeling standard for foods using palm oil, warning the plan was ineffective and would jeopardize the country's global trade relations.

The House of Representatives' Standing Committee on Economics pressed lawmakers in a report to reject the bill — which has already passed in the Senate but faces stiff opposition from Prime Minister Julia Gillard's administration — marking a swift about-face from members of the opposition coalition, Trade Minister Craig...
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