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California's Famed Cancer Warnings Imperiled by Federal Push

  • Lobbyists back national standard to thwart state labeling laws
  • Grocery association among some 50 groups supporting effort
An image from a microscope showing the typical features of hairy cell leukemia cells, 2014. 
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Seizing on the Trump administration’s deregulation drive, corporate lobbyists are pushing to override state laws on ingredient-disclosure rules and warning labels, including landmark California legislation on potential cancer risks.

The goal is to set a single federal law that could replace a barrage of state label requirements, making it easier for industries ranging from chemical manufacturing to food production.