Dairy Groups Applaud House Passage of GMO Labeling Bill
Moving in what would seem record speed, the House of Representatives passed the Senate’s GMO labeling bill. The measure will provide one national standard for labeling foods containing GMO products, exempting meat and dairy products from having to be labeled.
The Senate passed the measure last Thursday, and the House voted to approve it today. Once signed into law by President Obama, the measure will supersede Vermont's GMO labeling law, which went into effect July 1.
“Today’s action in the U.S. House to pass the Senate’s biotech food labeling bill is a resounding rejection of activists who have been working for years to undermine consumers’ understanding of the safety of food biotechnology,” says Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “By reasserting the federal government’s role in regulating food labeling, the Congress is ending the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ approach of potentially conflicting state laws in this area.”
“We strongly urge President Obama to sign this legislation into law,” says Mulhern. “Once this process is complete, we can begin moving beyond specious arguments over labels, terminology and absence claims, and work to address real food safety and nutrition issues, and further the sustainability of our food system.”
The International Dairy Foods Association echoed Mulhern’s comments. “This nationwide disclosure system for GMOs will bring much needed consistency and additional transparency to the marketplace,” says David Carlin, IDFA senior VP of legislative affairs and economic policy.
Earlier press reports indicate President Obama will sign the bill.