Virginia Bio Working Nationwide in Support of Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is an alliance of American farmers, concerned parents, food producers and consumers who support a national, science-based labeling standard for all products containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
Virginia Bio along with other organizations across the country are working in support of federal legislation that will enact labeling standards overseen by the FDA.
The standards specifically include:
• Eliminate confusion and provide consistency by establishing the FDA as the nation’s single authority over use and labeling of GMO products, removing the uncertainty and inconsistency of having multiple standards across the 50 states.
• Advance food safety by empowering the FDA to review new GMO traits before they enter the marketplace and to require labeling of GMO ingredients if they find a health, safety or nutritional issue present.
• Inform consumers by establishing FDA standards for companies that choose to voluntarily label their products as containing or not containing GMO ingredients, including a federal definition of the term “natural.”
H.R. 1599 the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) in the U.S. House of Representatives, would establish this much-needed federal standard under the FDA.
The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food urges everyone to contact representatives regarding this legislation. Visit their website for additional information.