Safe Food Coalition Urges Senate To Act
The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) and leaders of America’s agricultural and food industries are sounding the alarm that Congress needs to act immediately to pass a bipartisan solution before Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law goes into effect July 1.
As of today, there are only seven days left on the legislative calendar before the state law is implemented with the potential for costly and lasting effects on the nation’s food supply chain. “After today Congress only has six working days to pass legislation to stop Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law,” said Chuck Conner, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) president and CEO, during a conference call today. “We’re not here to get between the negotiations…we’re here simply to urge these members to finish their work.”
Grocery Manufacturers Association president and CEO Pam Bailey adds that the Vermont labeling law will result in stigmatizing perfectly safe foods. “We believe these on-package labels don’t provide consumers with any useful information,” said Bailey. “They will be seen as a warning.” She says the industry advocates a SmartLabel™ Initiative that allows consumers to get all of the information they could possibly need about a product with just a smart phone.
We are a broad-based coalition representing the entire American agriculture food supply chain – from farm to fork. We are committed to increasing the public’s understanding about the science and safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and advocating for science-based policies that keep food affordable for every American.