COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A U.S. Senate candidate in Ohio is proposing that dairy products be labeled with their country of origin.

Democrat Lee Fisher, Ohio's lieutenant governor, says the move will create jobs in the dairy industry and help consumers find quality products.

Fisher cited China's February recall of 170 tons of milk powder after chemically contaminated milk products from a 2008 scandal that killed at least six children showed up repackaged in several places around China.

Fisher says dairy products are exempt from recent U.S. law that requires certain non-processed food products to be labeled with country of origin labels because many are processed before distribution.

Fisher faces Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in the May primary to run for the seat of retiring Republican George Voinovich.

But others in the dairy industry aren't so sure that country of origin labeling is a good idea. Read more.

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