SFA Holds Successful 2015 Legislative Summit

June 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, 50 snack food CEOs and senior executives took to Capitol Hill for the Snack Food Association's Annual Legislative Summit to discuss issues of importance to the industry, including GMO labeling, Country of Origin Labeling, and the dietary guidelines.

 "SFA represents more than 400 companies large and small who produce everything from potato chips and pretzels to trail mix to meat snacks. With no shortage of policy challenges facing the industry today, the Legislative Summit is a critical opportunity to bring their voice to Capitol Hill," SFA President and CEO Tom Dempsey said.

During the Legislative Summit's morning program, attendees heard directly from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) (pictured below right) and Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) (pictured below left), lead co-sponsor of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599). Attendees had a busy and productive afternoon, holding more than 90 meetings with Members of Congress and staff.


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SFA urged support for H.R. 1599, which provides a much-needed Federal solution to prevent a patchwork of different state and local GMO labeling laws. SFA members also brought attention to costly impending tariffs that could soon be imposed on a variety of snack food products following the WTO's final decision against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rules. SFA showed support for a COOL repeal bill, H.R. 2393 which would bring the U.S. into compliance with its trade obligations. Last, SFA members supported  final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that are science based and do not include recommendations that fall outside of scope.


The event ended with a closing "Snack Attack" reception on Capitol Hill which nearly 300, Members of Congress, staff, and industry representatives attended. For more information about SFA's Legislative Summit, please visit www.sfa.org or contact Kailee Tkacz at ktkacz@sfa.org



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