Agri-Pulse reports close to 400 ag and food companies in the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food sent a letter to House lawmakers Tuesday to support the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act – introduced by Representatives Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield last month. This legislation would establish a voluntary, national labeling law for genetically modified foods and products. The legislation also would require FDA to evaluate all genetically engineered foods before they enter the market. This would pre-empt state mandatory laws for GMO labeling.
The groups say the bill will ensure food labeling in the U.S. is uniform and based on science. The coalition urges Congress to pass the bill this year to ensure people across the nation continue to have access to consistent science-based standards for food labeling.