Presented Sept. 14, 2015, by Scott Faber, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Environmental Working Group and Executive Director of Just Label It.
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The battle around the labeling of foods containing ingredients sourced from genetically modified organisms has moved from the state to the national stage with the passage in the House in July of the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (HR 1559), also known by detractors as the DARK Act, the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act.
Introduction and a vote on a companion bill in the Senate is expected before the end of the year. There is very limited time to defeat the Pompeo bill, which proposes an essentially worthless voluntary labeling system that also removes states’ rights to control the labeling and growing of GMO foods, precludes FDA from regulating them and allows for the use of the “natural” label of food grown with GMOs.
Faber will update the UNPA membership on the following:
• An overview of GMO labeling legislation
• The status of and support for the Pompeo bill
• Implications for industry, including the potential loss of the term "natural"
• The likelihood of legislative movement in Congress this year
• Status of mandatory labeling legislation: The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act (S. 511)
• The strategy going forward to defeat/derail the Pompeo bill
• The need for industry and consumer communications with their senators