July, 24 2014

Oregon’s Mandatory Labeling Initiative Would Cause Confusion, Raise Prices in the Checkout Aisle

In response to news that an initiative requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs will be on the ballot in November, the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food issued the following statement from spokeswoman Claire Parker:

“A state-by-state patchwork of GMO labeling laws would badly disadvantage Oregon consumers, small farmers, food producers and grocers, all because of policies generated from fear, and which have no scientific basis.

“Oregon’s proposed mandatory GMO labeling initiative would raise the price of groceries for consumers across the state, placing an unnecessary cost burden on working families already struggling to put food on the table.

“One recent study estimated that an average family of four could see an additional $500 in annual grocery costs as a result of mandatory labeling laws.

“Perhaps as alarming for Oregon’s working families, who would bear the brunt of these increased costs, is the fact that the proposed initiative ignores the scientific consensus supported by the world’s leading scientific bodies—including the FDA, American Medical Association and World Health Organization—that GMOs are safe.

“A federal labeling solution is the only way to ensure that consumers maintain access to safe, quality and affordable food while protecting small businesses from new costs that many will simply be unable to bear. Congress should stand with America’s consumers and small businesses by passing the bipartisan proposed Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would strengthen America’s food safety policies while also giving consumers the information they need to make informed choices in the marketplace without creating unnecessary confusion and burdening small businesses.”

About the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food

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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