For Immediate Release
(Washington, D.C) – Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio and Gary Hirshberg of the Just Label It Campaign held a conference call with reporters to push their agenda for mandatory food labeling. They scheduled their call for shortly after a successful House Agriculture Committee hearing on biotechnology and the need for a national, voluntary labeling standard. Claire Parker, spokesperson for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, issued the following statement on the claims of these labeling activists.
“Today’s media call is just the latest example of hypocrisy by Colicchio and others who call for a “right to know.” They don’t want consumers to know the legislation they support would exempt up to two-thirds of all food products – including restaurant foods. It appears Tom Colicchio and the Environmental Working Group believe they can pull the table cloth over the eyes of the American consumer.
“State labeling laws that are supported by the Just Label It campaign are riddled with carve outs and loopholes. Instead of informing consumers, these laws heighten consumer confusion by creating a complex patchwork that varies from state to state. Under Vermont’s labeling law, for example, vegetable beef soup is exempted, but regular vegetable soup covered by the requirement.
“Fortunately, there is a solution that will provide grocery shoppers, farmers and small businesses across the country with a uniform, science-based labeling standard. A broad and bipartisan group of House members are expected to soon introduce legislation that will ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration remains the ultimate authority on food labeling in the United States. The legislation will also set a standard for companies that choose to label their products as GMO-free. This common sense solution will provide consumers with the information they desire without the prices increases and increased confusion that will come with state labeling mandates.”
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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.