FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Claire Parker
February 19, 2016
CFSAF Calls for Fast Senate Action on Roberts’ Food Labeling Proposal
Broad Agriculture and Food Coalition Praises Leadership of Chairman Pat Roberts
(Washington, D.C.) – The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food today welcomed national food labeling legislation proposed by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and called on members of Congress from both parties to support and pass the bill as soon as possible.
“Farmers, businesses and American families are counting on Congress to pass a uniform, national labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as quickly as possible because Vermont’s state labeling mandate goes into effect in July,” said Claire Parker, CFSAF spokesperson. “This proposal is a reasonable and constructive solution that protects American families from price hikes at the grocery store caused by a patchwork of different state labeling mandates.”
Without prompt Congressional action, farmers and food companies will be forced to alter supply chains and methods of production in order to comply, and multiple studies have shown this could increase grocery costs by hundreds of dollars for families, something many low-income Americans simply can’t afford.
“The clock is ticking, and unless Congress acts quickly, hardworking American families will soon be facing higher food bills,” Parker said. “This is a common-sense piece of legislation that protects consumers, farmers and food companies from the significant costs associated with Vermont’s law while ensuring that consumers will have access to more product information than ever before.”
“Our Coalition, comprised of 50 organizations representing the entire food supply chain from farm to fork, looks forward to working with Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow and their colleagues on the Senate Agriculture Committee to move a bipartisan bill to the floor for a vote by the full Senate at the earliest opportunity and then to have the legislation passed by the House and signed into law by the president,” said Parker.
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.