Food Groups Cite Urgent Need For Senate Deal On GMO Labeling
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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