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GMO labeling bill introduced in Congress

—By Mindy Reef
Public Relations Team

A bill to create a national labeling program for foods made with genetically modified organisms was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo and a number of others representatives on April 9.

“The national GMO labeling bill is important for several reasons,” said Kyle Cline, IFB’s national government relations policy advisor. “First, it creates a uniform labeling standard that will help consumers avoid unnecessary confusion that would occur if all 50 states establish their own label and safety laws.

“Second, it would prevent higher food prices by setting a single label and safety standard for all food manufacturers and retailers to follow, regardless of which markets their products are sold, something important to us all during this slow economic recovery,” he said.

The bill, H.R. 4432, known as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to establish a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products made with GMOs. The federal standard would prevent states from creating their own labeling standards, discouraging a network of varying rules around the country.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would affirm the Food and Drug Administration as the nation’s food safety authority. Several requirements for the FDA would be set forth through the bill, including conducting safety reviews of all new plant varieties used for genetically engineered food and developing a federal definition for “natural” claims on product labels.  

Indiana Farm Bureau supports a national approach to the labeling of foods made from ingredients derived from biotechnology when labeling is deemed appropriate for health or safety reasons, specifically when a biotech food differs materially from a food product made from conventionally grown ingredients.

Visit www.ifbstayinformed.org for resources and more information about GMOs and the new bill.

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