Republican lawmaker says must avoid 'trade war' over meat labels

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Posted: May 18, 2015 11:18 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway on Monday called for swift action to avoid a "trade war" after the United States lost a trade dispute with Mexico and Canada over meat labeling.

Conaway, a Republican, said he had asked committee members to a meeting on Wednesday to try to resolve the issue.

"As retaliation by Canada and Mexico becomes a reality, it is more important now than ever to act quickly to avoid a protracted trade war with our two largest trade partners," he said in a statement.

(Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Lisa Lambert)