September 2004 -- The House Agriculture Committee approved by voice vote on
Reps. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) and Charlie Stenholm (R-TX) introduced the Food Promotion Act of 2004 (H.R. 4576), which would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a Voluntary-COOL (V-COOL) program for labeling.
The legislation will strike the mandatory COOL law that was established in the 2002 Farm Bill.
The V-COOL bill encompasses labeling for meat (beef, pork, veal and lamb), seafood, fruit and vegetables.
With passage through the Agriculture Committee, the bill can now go to the floor of the House of Representatives for full debate and consideration.