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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

US Customs Revives Dormant Law that Requires Labeling of West Bank Products

The US Customs and Border Protection Service has decided to enforce an April 1995 law passed by Congress that "products made in the West Bank or Gaza “shall be marked as 'West Bank,' 'Gaza,' or 'Gaza Strip'and shall not contain the words 'Israel,' 'Made in Israel,' 'Occupied Territories-Israel' or words of similar meaning.” Moreover, it states, “Failure to mark an article in accordance with the requirements…shall result in the levy of a duty of 10 percent” of the product’s value." This law has been dorment for 20 years. When it was passed it was aimed at boosting the Palestinian economy and was supported by then Israeli government under Yizhak Rabin. It is not clear why the US Customs service has just started to enforce it.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) introduced legislation on February 1, 2016 that would rescind the Obama administration's recent policy directive requiring the special labeling of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The preceeding news is from the The Forward and cotton.senate.govposted on February 1, 2016 .

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