According to Natural News, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced legislation Wednesday that would block the efforts in multiple states to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.
The bill, dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR4432), would modify the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a federal labeling standard for genetically-engineered ingredients. It specifically prohibits mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering, giving sole authority to the FDA to require mandatory labeling on such foods if they are ever found to be unsafe.
Katherine Paul, director of communications at the Organic Consumers Association, wasn’t surprised by the bill’s introduction. “Rep. Pompeo is sponsoring this bill for one reason only: because his campaign has accepted significant contributions from the food and agribusiness industries, and from the Koch brothers,” Paul told Food Navigator-USA. “In exchange, he is working to protect corporate profits. Not public health.”
Pompeo’s bill (whose donor list also includes General Mills) is indeed in line with the voluntary federal labeling proposals put forth by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food , which collectively aim to stem the tide of state-level legislative efforts to require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such.
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In a historic vote, the Vermont Legislature passed the nation’s first “no strings attached” GMO labeling bill. This legislation, backed by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, protects your right to know whether the food you’re considering purchasing contains genetically engineered ingredients (a.k.a. genetically modified organisms or GMOs) and was signed into law by Governor Shumlin on the State House steps on May 8, 2014.
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