September, 23 2014

Representative Thompson Takes Stand For Consumers & Food Safety

Pennsylvania Families & Farmers Benefit From Support

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) today applauded Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA-05) for cosponsoring the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will establish national labeling standards for food and beverage products and eliminate the potential confusion and bureaucratic, costly red tape stemming from a 50-state patchwork of laws and regulations that could raise the cost of food.

“In sponsoring The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, Representative Thompson is taking an important stand on behalf of consumers, food safety and science,” said Claire Parker, spokeswoman for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. “American families deserve access to safe and affordable food, and this legislation will ensure that important food safety and labeling decisions are made by scientists, not political activists.”

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would prevent duplicative labeling, increased transportation costs, unnecessary product warehousing, burdensome product segregation plans and highly inefficient transportation requirements. A state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws would not advance food safety, inform consumers, or provide consistency in labeling.

Specifically, the legislation reaffirms the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as America’s sole authority on food safety and labeling requirements; requires the FDA to approve all new GMO ingredients before they are brought to market; sets a federal standard for the labeling definition of “natural;” and establishes federal standards for companies that wish to voluntarily label their products for the absence-of or presence-of GMO food ingredients.

The most influential food safety regulatory agencies and organizations around the world, including the FDA, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences, have found that GMOs are as safe as any other foods. In addition, studies have shown that unnecessary GMO labeling would increase costs for the average family by approximately $400 per year.

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is a broad-based coalition representing the entire American agriculture food chain – from farm to fork. CFSAF is committed to increasing understanding about the science and safety of GM technology and to advocating for a federal labeling solution.

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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