SFA Commends House Passage of Federal Standard for GMO Food Labels

July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Snack Food Association (SFA) today commends the House of Representatives for passage of H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This important legislation creates a federal standard for GMO labeling that will eliminate confusion, advance food safety, and provide much-needed consistency for both food manufacturers and consumers. It was approved with a bipartisan 275-150 vote.

H.R. 1599 will improve clarity and provide uniform rules by creating a national certification program for foods that have been produced without bioengineering and establishing a standard for the use of the term "natural" on food labels. Earlier this year, SFA CEO Tom Dempsey represented food manufacturers before the House Agriculture Committee, urging support for this commonsense measure.

Because SFA members do not manufacture, distribute, and sell in just one state, a patchwork of different state labeling laws would be incredibly complex to implement and would impede interstate commerce.  Small, family-owned companies with just one plant or a single line of production would be hit the hardest.

"Absent a federal GMO solution, manufacturers will have essentially three options in order to comply with state labeling laws – redesign packaging, reformulate products, or halt sales to that state," Dempsey said. "Each option is difficult, costly, time-intensive, and at worst, could eliminate jobs and consumer choice in the marketplace."

SFA has worked closely with the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food to build support for the legislation. SFA thanks the House of Representatives for its action on this critical issue and urges the Senate to introduce companion legislation.

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