July, 21 2015

CFSAF: Nearly 500 Groups Call On Congress To Pass The Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act

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Nearly 500 Groups Call On Congress To Pass The Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act
Groups Hailing From All 50 States Demonstrate Growing Support For Science-Based, Uniform Food Labeling

(Washington, D.C.) – Four hundred and seventy-five groups from all 50 states representing the entirety of the American food supply chain – from farm to fork – released a letter today calling on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote in favor of the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act this week. In the latest sign of growing support and momentum behind legislation that will create a uniform, transparent labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), these groups asked Congress to protect consumer choice and science-based labeling.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced in March by Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), has attracted 106 cosponsors, including 15 Democrats. This bill creates a food labeling standard that informs consumers while preventing the confusion and costly price spikes associated with a patchwork of state labeling laws. Additionally, the bill establishes a national GMO-free certification process that gives consumers who choose to purchase non-GMO foods the ability to do so, bringing consistency to an area of the marketplace where it is currently lacking.

“By putting a stop to the patchwork of state-based labeling requirements, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will protect consumers from unpredictable price variations and protect farmers and food manufacturers from having to contend with inconsistent and costly regulations,” the letter stated. “H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will give consumers, farmers, and small businesses certainty. The proposed legislation also would improve clarity for foods carrying a GMO-free label and provide uniform rules by creating a national certification program for foods that have been produced without bioengineering.”

“The support behind this bill speaks for itself. Hundreds of organizations around the country are rallying their supporters to action to help pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” said Claire Parker, spokesperson for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. “This bipartisan bill is close to passing the House because lawmakers are standing up for science, common sense and consumer choice and the letter is a clear sign that support behind the bill is broad based and growing. We’re looking forward to week’s vote.”

The letter can be found here.

 

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