AGRICULTURE: Butter Fingers

After years of debate, Congress last week repealed the 64-year-old federal tax on oleomargarine, effective July 1. But oleo will still not be easily mistaken for butter; oleo sold at retail must be conspicuously identified on the wrapping, while yellow margarine served in restaurants must be either triangular in shape or clearly identified. Quipped one Congressman: "Maybe we should require Florida orange growers to sell all their artificially colored oranges in a square shape." In addition, 16 states will continue to prohibit the manufacture and sale of yellow margarine, and six states will still levy special taxes on it.


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