Food Labeling


Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) in his weekly emails often gives a unique perspective on action and inaction in Congress. Here he discusses H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act of 2015.

Food Labeling 

On Wednesday the House considered H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act of 2015. In 2002 Congress passed a law requiring that certain meat products include labels identifying their country of origin. Canada and Mexico challenged this at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and prevailed. In response, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a new rule requiring that meat be labeled at each stage of production beginning when the animal is born. H.R. 2393 repeals U.S. country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken sold in this country. Completely doing away with the labeling requirements goes too far. I voted NO. H.R. 2392 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

As one may confirm, Rep. Reed voted AYE.

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7 Responses to Food Labeling

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Not surprising, but so very disappointing.


  2. Robert Kriegar says:

    What is wrong with this country, when our elected representatives continue to think that they have a right to decide that we have no right to know that which we demand to know?


  3. whungerford says:

    Some seem to think that in the absence of trade agreements, Congress would protect our interests. But would they?


  4. BOB McGILL says:

    BUT THEY DID—FDA takes step to help ensure the safety of imported food
    Agency releases new proposed rules under FSMA for verifying foreign suppliers and accrediting third-party auditors

    In order to implement the bipartisan Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed by President Obama, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued two proposed rules aimed at helping to ensure that imported food meets the same safety standards as food produced in the United States.

    These proposals are part of the FSMA approach to modernizing the food safety system for the 21st century. FSMA focuses on preventing food safety problems, rather than relying primarily on responding to problems after the fact. The FDA encourages Americans to review and comment on these important proposed rules.

    Under the proposed rules, importers would be accountable for verifying that their foreign suppliers are implementing modern, prevention-oriented food safety practices, and achieving the same level of food safety as domestic growers and processors. The FDA is also proposing rules to strengthen the quality, objectivity, and transparency of foreign food safety audits on which many food companies and importers currently rely to help manage the safety of their global food supply chains



  5. BOB McGILL says: 2015 … Food-related diseases affect tens of millions of people and kill … Food Safety Medscape Commentaries … 1 in 6 people gets food poisoning.
    Problem is the person preparing the food or storing the food. Maybe you should have the government inspect it just before you eat it 🙂


  6. pystew says:

    Bob, your comment deals with imported food. The article states that Rep. Reed voted not to hold USA Food labels to have the same standards of the imported food.

    Also, my email address is if you want to complain about my decisions on what to post and what not to post.


  7. BOB McGILGeneva Town Hall MeetingL says:

    Geneva Town Hall Meeting
    June 20, 2015 12:15 pmEnd:
    June 20, 2015 1:15 pm
    79 Geneva Street (Fire Hall), Geneva, NY


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