March, 26 2015

Support Grows Behind The Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act

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“Agricultural retailers are optimistic the broad support of this bipartisan proposal will lead to quick passage of the bill, and we applaud the leadership of Reps. Pompeo and Butterfield. A patchwork of labeling laws would be untenable for farmers and food companies, and result in less clarity for consumers.” – Agricultural Retailers Association President & CEO Daren Coppock

“The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would clarify the FDA as the nation’s foremost authority on food safety and create a voluntary labeling program run by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, the same agency that administers the USDA Organic Program.” – American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman

“We support Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) for standing up for what is right by working to ensure FDA remains the authoritative power regarding food safety and labeling standards, just as the agency has for more than a century.” – American Feed Industry Association President & CEO Joel G. Newman

“AFFI supports a responsible and effective federal labeling program that prevents the creation of a complicated patchwork of state-based labeling rules that would increase, rather than reduce, consumer confusion and food prices.” – American Frozen Food Institute President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz

“The American Seed Trade Association is pleased the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act establishes uniform rules and a national certification program for foods that have been produced with bioengineered ingredients. A patchwork of mandatory state labeling regulations would only serve to mislead and confuse consumers and raise the price of groceries for American families.” – American Seed Trade Association President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne

““This bill would end confusion for consumers over which food products do not contain biotech ingredients by establishing a national standard for non-GMO labels.” – American Soybean Association President Wade Cowan

“This bill takes an important step towards reaffirming FDA as the national authority for food labeling policy, providing clarity around food labeling related to the presence or absence of GMO material, and making GMO food safety information publicly available.” – Biotechnology Industry Organization Executive Vice President for Food and Agriculture Cathy Enright

“We strongly support the efforts of Representatives Pompeo and Butterfield as they seek to strengthen and unify our food labeling laws by protecting consumers and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens.” – Corn Refiners Association President & CEO John Bode

“No matter where they live or shop, all Americans deserve to have access to consistent, understandable information about the food they are eating, and this federal legislation would eliminate consumer uncertainty created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in labeling.” – Grocery Manufacturers Association President & CEO Pamela G. Bailey

“To enable the free flow of interstate commerce and to more easily provide consumers with the information they are looking for, it is essential that we have a federal system of labeling laws rather than a state-by-state approach.” – International Dairy Foods Association President & CEO Connie Tipton

“We are pleased by the introduction of this bipartisan legislation. A uniform standard will bring the clarity desired by the consumer while ensuring they have direct access to fact-based, accurate information about how their food is grown, which is just not possible through conflicting state-by-state labeling laws.” – National Association of Wheat Growers President Brett Blankenship

“This legislation provides a common-sense solution for American consumers looking for additional information about the food they buy, while providing certainty to the farmers who produce it. We urge Congress to support it.” – National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling

“This legislation is vital to giving both farmers and consumers the certainty they deserve when it comes to labeling of food containing GMO ingredients. At the same time, it would preserve choices in the marketplace for both groups,” “I would like to thank both Congressman Pompeo and Congressman Butterfield for their leadership on this issue. I look forward to working with them, as well as other members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House Agriculture Committee, as the process moves forward.” – National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Chuck Conner

“We commend Congressmen Pompeo and Butterfield for their strong leadership in building upon and further improving similar legislation they introduced in the last Congress to address what otherwise would be serious and extremely costly inefficiencies and disruptions to interstate commerce that would result if state or local governments adopt a patchwork of mandatory biotech-labeling schemes.” – National Grain and Feed Association President Randy Gordon

“Rather than create a confusing patchwork of state policies, the legislation would deal with this issue at the national level. It would improve clarity in foods carrying a GMO-free label by establishing uniform rules and a national certification program for foods that have been produced without bioengineering.” – National Milk Producers Federation President & CEO Jim Mulhern

“NOPA applauds Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) for introducing this bipartisan legislation and for their work on behalf of U.S. farmers, processors, food producers and consumers.” – National Oilseed Processors Association

“As a potato grower I want to be able to provide the food the consumer wants whether that is GMO or non-GMO. Having a clear definition of GMO and non-GMO as well as a federal standard of what is appropriate labeling, if consumers request labeling, is essential to meeting consumer expectations, whatever those may be.” – National Potato Council President Dan Lake

“As Congress continues to debate the issue of GMO labeling, SFA commends the introduction of this critical legislation which had 17 original co-sponsors at introduction (nine Republicans and eight Democrats). SFA will continue to work closely with Coalition for Safe Affordable Food to urge Congress to swiftly adopt this common sense solution.” – Snack Food Association

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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