December, 16 2015

CFSAF Statement on Failure of Congress to Prevent Patchwork of State GMO Labeling Laws in 2015

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December 16, 2015

CFSAF Statement on Failure of Congress to Prevent Patchwork of State GMO Labeling Laws in 2015

(Washington, D.C.) – The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food released the following statement today after Congress failed to reach an agreement on legislation to avert the negative effects of state food labeling mandates for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) set to take effect in 2016:

“The failure of Congress to act will result in enormous costs to the agriculture and food industry who work tirelessly to feed a growing world population. A patchwork of state labeling laws will prove costly and confusing for consumers.”

“Nearly 500 agriculture and industry groups in all 50 states have been urgently calling for Congress to pass uniform, national food labeling legislation to prevent serious and costly disruptions to the food production and supply chain. And now the burdensome threat of the Vermont law looms large.”

“While the U.S. House of Representatives worked in bipartisan fashion to pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act in July with the support of 45 Democrats, action stalled in the U.S. Senate. The Coalition calls on Members of Congress to work to find agreement and pass legislation to address this issue immediately when they return in January.”

“It’s time for action. The negative consequences of the patchwork of state labeling mandates will be felt by farmers, businesses and consumers starting early next month – and only Congress can act to prevent it.”

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