GMO Labeling Bill Seen as “Step to Restoring Sanity”

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cfsafFarm and commodity groups are throwing their support behind a new bill that is hoped to end some of the craziness over food labeling in this country. The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which includes the likes of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the American Soybean Association (ASA), and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), as well as more than 30 other groups, praised the bipartisan bill from Reps. Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which is designed to establish a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

“The introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act was an important first step to restoring sanity to America’s food labeling laws,” said Martin Barbre, President, NCGA. “GMOs are perfectly safe and America’s farmers rely on this proven technology to protect our crops from insects, weeds and drought.”

Supporters believe the bill would help eliminate confusion among consumers and give those consumers better confidence in what they buy.

“This bill is a commonsense, science-based approach to an issue we realize is close to the hearts and minds of so many consumers,” said Iowa farmer and ASA President Ray Gaesser. “Americans want to know that their food is safe, and the solutions proposed in this bill will ensure that they have that information.”

Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman says the measure makes clear that the Food and Drug Administration will be the Nation’s foremost authority on the use and labeling of foods containing GMOs and would eliminate a patchwork of state regulations across the country.

“The diversity of innovative options farmers and ranchers have in regard to how they grow our food is one of the reasons U.S. consumers enjoy a wide variety of foods that are also among the most affordable in the world.”

Other highlights of the bill include ensuring the FDA conducts safety reviews and providing better information and consistency for consumers.

ASA, Corn, Farm Bureau, Food, GMO, Government, NCGA

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  2. Huib de Vriend

    This Coalition for Safe Affordable Group seems to be merely an industry group.

    It’s pretty strange to say that you need labels to explain to consumers that GMO foods are safe. It suggests that there is a need to do so because it is allowed to bring unsafe products on the market – is it?
    The US industry seems to ignore the desire of consumers to be informed about production methods. As if there is there anything to hide?

    1. Chuck

      Hi Huib:

      Not strange at all. Completely disagree. Labels from established government regulatory agencies will do nothing but help consumers better understand the food available for purchase. There won’t be an approved label on products that are unsafe. No one in the agriculture or food industry is ignoring consumer desires. In fact, efforts like that of the USFRA and USDA and others are finding new ways to get truthful information to consumers instead of the rank hysteria from activists who really don’t have a clue what they are taking about. Nothing to hide. Call any company or farmer you want and they’ll be happy to talk with you.

      Thanks for your comment!

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