Dairy Groups Praise Senate Passage of GMO Labeling Law
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) are both praising the Senate’s passage of a GMO labeling law, saying the legislation provides clarity for consumers.
The Senate version of the bill exempts dairy and meat products from GMO labeling requirements. The legislation must now be voted on the House of Representatives, where passage is far less certain. But both NMPF and DFA say Congressional passage is needed because a national, uniform is preferable to a patchwork of state laws that could result in the absence of federal legislation.
Vermont GMO labeling law went into effect July 1, and early indications are that as many as 10% of grocery items might no longer be available to consumers there as companies pull non-GMO items from their product offerings.
“We now hope the U.S. House of Representatives will quickly take up and pass the Senate bill next week,” says Jim Mulhern, NMPF’s president and CEO. “Vermont’s problematic labeling law will continue to do damage along the food supply chain until both houses of Congress band together and send a bill to President Obama’s desk. Time is of the utmost importance.”
“DFA strongly supports the Roberts-Stabenow food biotechnology labeling agreement,” says John Wilson, Senior Vice President and Chief Fluid Marketing Officer, Dairy Farmers of America. “Consumers, farmers and food manufacturers all deserve clarity in food labeling laws so they can make the best decisions for their families and businesses.”