House Needs to Bring S.764 to the Floor Next Week!
On Thursday, July 7, the Senate passed compromise legislation from Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow that would set a national standard for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. ASA, as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food, supports the bill and congratulated the Senate on its work. Now, ASA calls on the House to take up and pass the package before it breaks for the July recess.
The bill would establish a national standard of mandatory disclosure through a variety of options, including quick-response (QR) codes, 800-numbers, websites and on-pack labeling, such that companies would be able to select the method of disclosure that works best for their range of products. By setting a national mandatory standard, the bill would preempt state labeling laws, and in doing so prevent a patchwork of differing standards between states. Also, and perhaps most importantly for the nation’s soybean farmers, the establishment of the national standard removes the stigmatization that comes with explicit language on products, and averts any reformulation by food companies away from biotech in an effort to avoid that misinterpretation. ...
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