FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Claire Parker
April 30, 2015
Just Label It Campaign Doubles Down On Hypocrisy
(Washington, D.C.) – Tonight in New York City, the Just Label It campaign is holding an event that showcases the hypocritical tactics of an organization demanding transparency from others while supporting legislation that provides none. By directing supporters to ask food companies to label products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Just Label It campaign is tacitly admitting that their efforts to enact their goals legislatively are proving ineffective.
This comes in the same week that the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) released a letter signed by nearly 400 organizations from all 50 states representing the entirety of the American food chain encouraging members of Congress to support and pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act this year. This bill will create a uniform, science-based labeling standard for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Additionally, it will create a national and consistent GMO-free certification program that gives grocery shoppers the clarity and transparency they deserve.
Introduced in March by Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act has quickly attracted support, with 30 cosponsors as of today including nine Democrats.
The labeling mandates supported by Just Label It are full of exemptions and carve outs. For instance, Vermont’s labeling law exempts all restaurant food and alcohol. Additionally, any food containing meat is exempt. This means that a cheese pizza would require a label but a pepperoni pizza would not. These laws will also vary from state to state. The result will be an increasingly complex and uncertain labeling framework for grocery shoppers across the United States. Just Label It is supporting legislation that will increase uncertainty while opposing a bill that creates a uniform, easy to understand labeling format.
“The contrast is startling. Momentum behind the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act is steadily growing and the Just Label It campaign is flailing,” said CFSAF spokesperson Claire Parker. “Congress understands that GMOs are safe, that labeling needs to be uniform across the country and that mandatory labeling is likely to confuse rather than inform consumers. This is why there is building bipartisan support for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
“Consumers deserve clarity and the peace of mind that food labeling is science-based and informative. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act provides that,” Parker continued. “Just Label It can hold all the staged press events they want. Momentum and the facts are not on their side and desperate attempts to turn the tide are proving ineffective. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will be passed into law because it is the policy prescription American’s want.”
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.