November, 5 2014

Coalition for Safe Affordable Food Hails Ballot Initiative Results; Calls for National Labeling Law

Colorado and Oregon GMO Labeling Initiatives Voted Down

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) today applauded the outcomes of GMO labeling initiatives in Colorado and Oregon and called on Congress to enact a national labeling solution.

“The voters in Colorado and Oregon were right to reject the scare tactics of extremist groups intent on ignoring the science about GMOs,” said Claire Parker, the coalition spokeswoman. “Passage of these initiatives would have resulted in increased grocery bills for consumers along with incomplete, inaccurate and misleading information.

“It’s time to give consumers what they deserve – a consistent, national framework for food labeling that is based on science, not politics. Consumers have a right to reliable information and a uniform labeling standard that is regulated by experts at the Food and Drug Administration,” she said.

CFSAF supports the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would eliminate consumer uncertainty created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in labeling. The legislation reaffirms the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as America’s preeminent authority on food safety and labeling requirements; requires the FDA to approve all new GMO ingredients before they are brought to market; and establishes federal standards for companies that wish to voluntarily label their products for the absence-of or presence-of GMO food ingredients.

Studies have shown that mandated GMO labeling would increase grocery prices for consumers by hundreds of dollars per year as food companies are forced to construct multiple supply streams, design new labels, acquire additional warehouse space and create new transportation routes. A recent study by Cornell University found that GMO labeling would increase grocery costs for an average family by $500 per year.

“It would be wrong to impose additional costs on families when the world’s most influential food safety regulatory agencies and organizations have found GMO ingredients to be safe,” Parker said, citing the U.S. FDA, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences.

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is a broad-based coalition representing the entire American agriculture food chain – from farm to fork. The Coalition is committed to increasing understanding about the science and safety of GMO technology and to advocating for a federal labeling solution. For more information about the standard backed by the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, visit www.cfsaf.org.

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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.

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