IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 23, 2015
Mr. Hoeven (for himself, Ms. Stabenow, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Grassley, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Thune, Mr. Brown, Mr. Enzi, and Mr. Rounds) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
To amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to provide for voluntary country of origin labeling for beef, pork, and chicken.
This Act may be cited as the
Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015.
Country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken
Section 281 of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1638) is amended—
by striking paragraphs (1) and (7);
by redesignating paragraphs (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (8), and (9) as paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), and (7), respectively; and
in paragraph (1)(A) (as redesignated by paragraph (2))—
by striking clause (i) and inserting the following:
muscle cuts of lamb and venison;
by striking clause (ii) and inserting the following:
ground lamb and ground venison;
in clause (vi), by striking
and at the end;
by striking clause (viii); and
by redesignating clauses (ix), (x), and (xi) as clauses (viii), (ix), and (x), respectively.
Notice of country of origin
Section 282 of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1638a) is amended—
in subsection (a)—
in paragraph (1), by striking
subsection (b) and inserting
subsections (b) and (c); and
in paragraph (2)—
in the paragraph heading, by striking
beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and inserting
in subparagraphs (A) through (D), by striking
beef, lamb, pork, chicken, each place it appears and inserting
in subparagraph (E)—
in the subparagraph heading, by striking
Ground beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and inserting
Ground lamb,; and
ground beef, ground pork, ground lamb, ground chicken, each place it appears and inserting
by redesignating subsections (c) through (f) as subsections (d) through (g), respectively;
by inserting after subsection (b) the following:
Voluntary designation of country of origin for beef, pork, and chicken
Definition of packer
In this subsection, the term packer has the meaning given the term in section 201 of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 (7 U.S.C. 191).
As determined by the Secretary, a packer of beef, pork, or chicken may voluntarily designate any raw single-ingredient beef, pork, or chicken intended for retail sale as exclusively having a United States country of origin only if the beef, pork, or chicken meets the requirements of clause (i), (ii), or (iii) of subsection (a)(2)(A).
The Secretary shall ensure compliance with paragraph (2) in the same manner as the Secretary ensures compliance with subsection (a)(2)(A).
Except as provided in subparagraph (B), nothing in this paragraph affects any other Federal marketing or regulatory program or similar State initiative.
United States country of origin
No Federal agency, State, or political establishment of a State may establish or enforce a statute or administrative action that provides for the labeling of any beef, pork, or chicken intended for retail sale as exclusively having a United States country of origin in a manner that is less stringent than, or otherwise inconsistent with, the requirements of paragraph (2) and subsection (a)(2)(A).
in paragraph (2) of subsection (g) (as redesignated by paragraph (2))—
by striking subparagraphs (B) and (C); and
by redesignating subparagraphs (D) and (E) as subparagraphs (B) and (C), respectively.