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H.R. 2393 (114th): Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 11, 2015 (Received by the Senate).

Summary of this bill

The Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 would repeal the requirement for meat products to be labeled with their country of origin. Currently meat products must include information on where the animal was bred, raised, and slaughtered. The Canadian government filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to remove the labeling as a violation of trade agreements. The WTO approved the Canadian complaint on the grounds that the United States labeling policy discriminates against meat products from border countries. The bill passed the House with a vote of 300-131. Only 10 Republicans voted nay while 66 Democrats voted yea. The bill will move on to the ...


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2393

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 11, 2015

Received

AN ACT

To amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to repeal country of origin labeling requirements with respect to beef, pork, and chicken, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015.

2.

Repeal of country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken

(a)

Definitions

Section 281 of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1638) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraphs (1) and (7);

(2)

by redesignating paragraphs (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (8), and (9) as paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), and (7), respectively; and

(3)

in paragraph (1)(A) (as so redesignated)—

(A)

by striking clause (i) and inserting the following new clause:

(i)

muscle cuts of lamb and venison;

;

(B)

by striking clause (ii) and inserting the following new clause:

(ii)

ground lamb and ground venison;

;

(C)

by striking clause (viii); and

(D)

by redesignating clauses (ix), (x), and (xi) as clauses (viii), (ix), and (x), respectively.

(b)

Notice of country of origin

Section 282 of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1638a) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(2)—

(A)

in the heading, by striking beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and inserting lamb,;

(B)

by striking beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and inserting lamb, each place it appears in subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), and (D); and

(C)

in subparagraph (E)—

(i)

in the heading, by striking Ground beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and inserting Ground lamb,; and

(ii)

by striking ground beef, ground pork, ground lamb, ground chicken, each place it appears and inserting ground lamb,; and

(2)

in subsection (f)(2)—

(A)

by striking subparagraphs (B) and (C); and

(B)

by redesignating subparagraphs (D) and (E) as subparagraphs (B) and (C), respectively.

Passed the House of Representatives June 10, 2015.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk