June, 17 2016

(The Packer) Food Groups Cite Urgent Need For Senate Deal On GMO Labeling

Food Groups Cite Urgent Need For Senate Deal On GMO Labeling
Tom Karst
The Packer

Predicting chaos after July 1 if Congress does not reach an agreement on a national standard for GMO labeling standard for food, leaders of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food pleaded for Senate Agriculture Committee leaders Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to make a deal on the issue.

“We have got to have that next step today,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives in a June 16 teleconference. “We are very close, within inches.”

Only six legislative days remain in Congress until Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law goes into effect July 1, and leaders of the coalition said that failure by Congress to pass a national standard will have costly and lasting effects.

Conner urged lawmakers to finish the work on a compromise. Media reports indicate that the food industry might consider a deal making GMO disclosure mandatory if it involves non-package methods such as quick-response codes, websites or 1-800 numbers.

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