The Agricultural Retailers Association praised the U.S. House Agriculture Committee approval today of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and called for action by the full House on the important legislation that will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms and for foods that are GMO-free.
“Yesterday’s committee approval of the legislation sends a clear message about the growing bipartisan support for this legislation and sends the bill to the House floor with increasing momentum for action,” said Daren Coppock, ARA President and CEO. “We applaud the efforts of the House Agriculture Committee to tackle this issue head on and encourage Congressional leaders to bring this bill up for a vote on the floor before the August recess.”
Introduced by Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), and Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act has 68 cosponsors, including both Democrats and Republicans. This common-sense legislation sets a uniform national standard for labeling foods with GMOs and for foods that are GMO-free.
“It’s imperative the House and Senate pass federal legislation this year because of the threat of an unworkable patchwork of state GMO labeling mandates that will drive up costs for farmers, food manufactures and consumers,” Coppock said. “Vermont’s state labeling law is set to take effect next July, giving increased urgency for Congress to act on a national labeling law.”#biotechnology #GMOLabeling #PressRelease