FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Claire Parker
March 1, 2016
CFSAF Applauds Senate Agriculture Committee Passage of Non-Stigmatizing National, Uniform Labeling Standard
(Washington, D.C.) – The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food expressed confidence today that victory is within reach and praised Chairman Pat Roberts and the Senate Agriculture Committee for moving legislation that establishes national standards for food made with genetically engineered ingredients that will protect consumers and the U.S. food supply by preventing a costly state-by-state patchwork of labeling mandates.
Working in bipartisan fashion to pass the Chairman’s Mark by a 14-6 vote, the committee took an important step towards safeguarding consumers, family farms and small businesses from the chaos created by state food labeling laws such as Vermont’s Act 120.
“We couldn’t be happier with today’s vote and have full confidence that the full Senate will soon pass this legislation. We see no major road bumps that will slow the momentum at our backs,” said Claire Parker, spokesperson for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. “The House and Senate Agriculture Committees, as well as the full House of Representatives, have now supported a uniform, national labeling standard in bipartisan fashion. We have every reason to believe the full Senate will soon do so as well and a bill will be on the President’s desk within weeks.”
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.