Sheep and lamb will keep COOL |

Sheep and lamb will keep COOL

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2393), which repeals COOL for beef, pork and poultry while leaving the requirements in place for lamb.

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) recognized House Agriculture Committee chair Mike Conaway (Texas) for his leadership of the legislation that allows the labeling of lamb to continue.

“In contrast to the beef, pork and poultry industries, sheep from other countries are not generally slaughtered in the United States alleviating much of the controversy around labeling,” said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick. “Additionally, sheep producers provide a unified message supporting labeling and we appreciate the chairman’s recognition of this fact by securing legislation that maintains COOL for lamb.”

ASI policy has strongly supported the required identification of lamb for nearly 25 years and lamb-promotion organizations have emphasized American lamb in national advertising since the 1960’s.

The bill moves to the Senate for its consideration.

–American Sheep Industry