FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Claire Parker
Date: April 20, 2015
Rules Regulating Vermont Act 120 Exempt Transparency, Increase Consumer Uncertainty
(Washington, D.C) – The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food released the following statement after Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell formally adopted the regulations associated with Vermont Act 120, which requires the mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“Grocery shoppers across Vermont can look forward to a labeling system that leaves them with more questions than answers,” said CFSAF spokesperson Claire Parker. “These new rules will create the least transparent, most complex food labeling system in the United States. They are a honeycomb of carve-outs and exemptions that will do nothing but increase consumer uncertainty. This means, for example, that a can of vegetable soup will have to be labeled but a can of vegetable beef soup will be exempt. Alcoholic beverages and restaurant foods will also be exempt. The net effect will be grocery shoppers in the state being more uncertain than ever before.”
“Act 120 was designed to please anti-GMO special interest groups, not provide consumers with a workable, understandable labeling system,” Parker continued. “Instead of a patchwork of state labeling laws that have no grounding in science and will only make grocery shoppers more uncertain, we need a national, uniform standard. The bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced in Congress last month, is gaining momentum by the day. The rules announced today in Vermont are the best evidence yet as to why this bill is so critically needed. We look forward to sharing these new regulations with members of Congress so they see firsthand the growing maze of uncertainty coming down the pipeline. Americans deserve clarity, not confusion and unpredictable price hikes.”
The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is dedicated to providing policy makers, media, consumers and all stakeholders with the facts about ingredients grown through GM technology. We are also an advocate for common sense policy solutions that will only further enhance the safety of the GM crops and protect the vital role they play in today’s modern global food supply chain. The coalition is comprised of American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of industry and non-governmental organizations.
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.