FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Claire Parker
June 28, 2016
Over 1,000 Agricultural and Food Industry Organizations Call On Senate To Pass Bipartisan Food Labeling Solution
(Washington, D.C.) – More than 1,000 agriculture, food and business organizations and companies representing the entire food supply value chain today announced their strong support for the bipartisan food disclosure legislation in the Senate.
The widespread and overwhelming support for the bipartisan solution by Chairman Pat Roberts and Senator Debbie Stabenow comes in a letter from the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF). Coalition co-chairs Pamela G. Bailey and Charles F. Conner highlighted the groundswell of support demonstrated by the letter and reiterated calls for the Senate to act quickly.
“The unparalleled support from across the nation and across America’s food producing community shows how important this legislation is and why the Senate should pass it quickly,” said Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. “The over 1,000 groups that signed this letter strongly support the Roberts-Stabenow legislative solution and urge action before the negative impacts of Vermont’s law increase.”
“This bill provides consumers access to more information than ever before in a way that doesn’t needlessly complicate the jobs of American family farmers and small businesses,” said Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. “The signers of this letter represent the people most directly responsible for producing our safe, affordable food supply. We ask that the Senate quickly bring this legislation up for a vote and pass it.”
The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid, seeks expedited action on the bill. “We thank Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow, for their strong leadership on this issue, and we ask that you schedule floor time and provide expedited consideration of this important and timely legislation,” the letter said. “We pledge to work with senators on both sides of the aisle to ensure quick passage of this bipartisan proposal.”
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.