Farm Bureau pleased with passage of food labeling bill
July 14, 2015
The American and Montana Farm Bureaus are pleased the House Agricultural Committee has passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act. H.R. 1599 would bar states from requiring the labeling of food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and would set up a new certification process at USDA for foods labeled as non-GMO.
"The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased that Congress is moving to bring greater clarity to food labeling. H.R. 1599 empowers consumers by continuing to require warning labels for foods that may have adverse effects on the public. At the same time, it does away with labeling schemes that would stigmatize foods based on nothing more than the way in which they were developed," noted AFBF President Bob Stallman.
MFBF President Bob Hanson indicated that non-GMO labels make people wrongly fear the food they eat. "Science has proven that GMO foods are safe. A lot of these labels are put on willy-nilly. Haphazard labeling undermines the public's perception of food safety that our U.S. farmers and ranchers produce," noted Hanson. H.R. 1599 restores reason to our food discussions and shows pseudoscience out the door."
Farm Bureau looks forward to the passage by the full House in the very near future.